An inspiring description of mathematics – I actually had a maths teacher who managed to make us feel about it that way. Sadly, she was followed by one who killed any wonder in it.

What would be your definition of a ‘wonder-working knowledge’?

‘Commends the Mathematics, as the only wonder-working knowledge.’


Source: George Herbert, A Priest to the Temple or the Country Parson, quoted in John Drury, Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert (London: Penguin Books, 2014), p. 236


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