Monthly Archives: April 2017

Nerdy annoyance

Lost a number of hours, too many, on a mysterious LaTeX problem. It turns out that fitch.sty (useful for setting Fitch-style proofs) loads a package mdwtab.sty which isn’t fully compatible with the standard tabular environment (useful for setting truth-tables). So when … Continue reading

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As good as it gets

We have been to some excellent local concerts over the last few months which I haven’t mentioned here (from the likes of Igor Levit, Rachel Podger and the English Concert, Cuarteto Casals, and a particularly on-form Academy of Ancient Music … Continue reading

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David Makinson’s Sets, Logic and Maths

As I go through chapters of my Introduction to Formal Logic, heavily rewriting them for the second edition (only scattered paragraphs are surviving unaltered from the first edition, and I’m adding wholy new chapters too), I’m occasionally pulling other introductory books … Continue reading

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Dennett: losing the plot

I’ve tried to read Daniel Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back. But I’ve lost the plot, and given up quite early in the book. I seem to now find Dennett’s penchant for metaphors, claims that are “sorta” true, analogies, free-wheeling speculation, his having-his-cake-and-eating-it … Continue reading

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Going cold turkey

I can’t say I’m surprised that an election has been called. As it becomes clearer and clearer (to the Tories in power — they were warned!)  how horribly long and messy and potentially disastrous the Brexit process will be, you can see why Theresa May, her Chancellor, and … Continue reading

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Another postcard from Rome

We always like to go to smaller, less-visited places — not just to avoid the teeming crowds, but also because we find that smaller galleries and churches and palazzi can be more humanly interesting and (not feeling overwhelmed) more enjoyable. Three final highlights of … Continue reading

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Postcard from Rome

A week or so in Rome, with beautiful sun, some wonderful food, coffees as they should be, quite a lot of wandering around back streets, and a less than frenetic cultural pace visiting a few churches and exhibitions. We arrived … Continue reading

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