March 14th, 2006

Charlie OTP

Quote: describing Larry and Charlie

Okay, really, I'm very amused at the convergence between the latest episode of Numb3rs and my current reading in Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe.

"Physicists are more like avant-garde composers, willling to bend traditional rules and brush the edge of acceptability in the search for solutions. Mathematicians are more like classical composers, typically working within a much tighter framework, reluctant to go to the next step until all previous ones have been established with due rigor."

Can't imagine a more perfect description of the differing thought processes we saw in the latest episode--and really, that we see all the time between Larry and Charlie.