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An anonymous 18th-century critic remarked cruelly: "[This poem would] persuade the stubborn geometricians that the whole isn't always greater than its parts" (See C.
Monsieur's desires and yours, how they should meet in public matters I think no oracle can tell: for as the geometricians say that parallels, because they maintain diverse lines, can never join, so truly, who have in the beginning contrary principles, to bring forth one doctrine, must be some miracle.
Abraham came from "a learned race of mathematicians and geometricians," Marrant explains, but his Chaldean education was incomplete without the practical wisdom of Masonry:
Nonetheless, the first generation of theoretical geometricians seemed to pursue their "researches" with more conviction than their descendants, and the older generation's nervy revelation of profound feelings is sometimes diluted with irony or transformed into pure self-absorption by younger practitioners.
20) Elie Freron noticed in his ironic comment about Pergolesi's La serva padrona that "whenever the bouffons have performed, there have been only one or two geometricians, lawyers and publicists [in the audience], and almost no women.
Gardens with well-paved paths, for cripples; gardens with purple, profuse, for sneaky geometricians.
Since differential geometry is a study involving analysis and geometry, geometricians should first start with analysis to study geometry.
For its own pleasure increases an activity: since those who do an activity with pleasure are more discerning and sharper about its particulars, as those who enjoy doing geometry become geometricians and understand its particulars better, and similarly those interested in music, architecture, and the other [arts] each give themselves freely to their own function since they enjoy it" ([GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]).