Archive for January 21st, 2010

Argumentational skills for different contexts

January 21, 2010

Winston Churchill once praised the argumentational skills of the celebrated barrister and politician F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead, by stressing their suitability to context: ‘The bludgeon for the platform; the rapier for a personal dispute; the entangling net and unexpected trident for the Courts of Law; and a jug of clear spring water for an anxious perplexed conclave’.

Andrew Aberdain in his enjoyable The informal logic of mathematical proof (in 18 unconventional essays on the nature of mathematics).

Erich Segal: RIP

January 21, 2010

Hindu reports on the passing away of Erich Segal whose Prizes is one of the books I enjoyed a lot.