Poetry brings together things that are mostly unconnected to show new meaning in these things, like “green sleepless ideas are peacefully raging in my ravenous mind.”

Mathematics is for me a way to code what I am confronted to in real or virtual life into something that can reveal a pattern in a real or virtual totality of data. Potatoes and carrots may be good together in soup but you can only add 3 carrots and 7 potatoes if you conceptualize a new all-including category like “vegetable” and then you have 10 of these, though 10 vegetables might be 10 different vegetables and no matter how many of each one.

Mathematics can only work if it is very closely connected with the mental conceptualizing power of man and his language.

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Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, PhD in Germanic Linguistics (University Lille III) and ESP Teaching (University Bordeaux II) has been teaching all types of ESP

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