Working in the stacks of Baker Library is implied …

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Working in the stacks of Baker Library is implied …


Mutant Journalism







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Working in the stacks of Baker Library is implied consent to enter a world of relative truths. No one argues that a single author captures the human condition or alone discovers the purpose of our existence. Buried deep within the belly of this beast is a small desk that faces a wall and is devoid of all but a few rays of natural light. Etched into the wall next to this desk is Taylor's Theorem and a small admittance of the limits of its scope, “â€_most of the time.â€ù Brook Taylor discovered the theorem that bears his name in the 1700s during a period of tremendous discovery in the field of analysis. However, it took several decades before another famous mathematician Joseph-Louis Lagrange determined the cases when Taylor's theorem did and did not work. I heard this from my real analysis professor, but who would understand this from a little blot of ink on the walls of Baker Library. Like the symbol of some underground society, I find this little bit of ink comforting, yet it concerns me that it is probably seen as tasteless graffiti by most of the library regulars. It certainly doesn't have the same sort of feedback from other graffiti artists like the “Fuck offâ€ù written in pencil that has several “No you fuck offâ€ù replies scratched into the wall below it. In a couple of weeks, “â€_most of the time,â€ù might be painted over or cleaned off the wall. This does little to hide the fact that while most people acknowledge the existence of relative truths in the literature around us, mathematics is often taken as an absolute, as unchallengeable laws. If we don't critically approach the formulas determining the Consumer Price Index or the statistics describing the success (or failures) of our education system, mathematics and the world it drives holds as much authority over us as a book we take word for word. If we don't challenge mathematics we are as hopeless as this little blot of ink on the wall. -Bailey Miller '18




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