Lacan, Derrida and Foucault are the perfect prophets for the weak, anxious academic personality, trapped in verbal **formulas** and perennially defeated by circumstances. They offer a self-exculpating cosmic explanation for the normal professorial state of resentment, alienation, dithering passivity and inaction.

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[Oddly enough, Putnam believes part of the attraction of some of these formalisms is their obscurity]. "I think part of the appeal of mathematical logic is that the **formulas** look mysterious - you write backward Es!"

— Putnam as quoted in: Julian Baggini, Jeremy Stangroom (2005)

I am turned off when I see only **formulas** and symbols, and little text.

— Chapter 15, Random Reflections on Mathematics and Science, p. 275

"It would scarcely be destruction," he replied gently. "Let us call it iconoclasm, the swallowing of **formulas**, which has always had its full retinue of idealists. And you do not want a Napoleon . All that is needed is direction, which could be given by men of far lower gifts than a Bonaparte. In a word, you want a Power-House, and then the age of miracles will begin."

— Ch. 3 "Tells of a Midsummer Night"

The Bobbit case, which brought to life the ancient mythic archetype of woman as castrator, demonstrated that women are as aggressive as men and that sex is a dark, dangerous force of nature. But of course the feminist establishment, stuck in its battered-woman blinders, learned nothing as usual from this lurid refutation of its normal views. Classic art works like Bizet’s Carmen tell us more about the irrationality of love, jealousy and revenge than do all the pat **formulas** of the counseling industry.

— p. 42 ("No Law in the Arena: A Pagan Theory of Sexuality")

I don’t like making didactic, pedagogical documentaries based on standard **formulas** of narration: I'm only interested in the ambitious French tradition of the documentaire de création where the film, if successful, is not about something but that something itself. The goal is to incorporate areas of risk and paradox that we associate with cinematic art.

— On the documentary art film,

Philosophers and theologians, like the vulgar, prefer contradiction to enlightenment. They refute one another more gladly than they learn from one another, as though man lived by shunning error and not by loving truth. Accept their **formulas** and they sink back into their easy chairs and comfortably doze.

— p. 171-172 (Aphorisms and Reflections (1901))

Science is feasible when the variables are few and can be enumerated; when their combinations are distinct and clear. We are tending toward the condition of science and aspiring to do it. The artist works out his own **formulas**; the interest of science lies in the art of making science.

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Even before Melanchthon sank into his grave, he was dismayed at seeing Lutheranism stiffen into dogmas and **formulas**, and heartbroken by a persecution from his fellow-Protestants more bitter than anything he had ever experienced from Catholics.

— Note: White here cites A. Harnack,

p.114

I don’t like making didactic, pedagogical documentaries based on standard **formulas** of narration: I'm only interested in the ambitious French tradition of the documentaire de création where the film, if successful, is not about something but that something itself. The goal is to incorporate areas of risk and paradox that we associate with cinematic art.

— On the documentary art film,

A conceptual model is what in the model theory is called a set of **formulas** making statements about the world.

— Dickson Lukose eds. (1997)

Consider the way “moral man” … is veiled behind moral **formulas** and concepts of decency the way our actions are benevolently concealed by the concepts of duty, virtue, sense of community, honorableness, self-denial. … I am not suggesting that all this is meant to mask human malice and villainy, the wild animal in us; my idea is, on the contrary, that it is precisely as tame animals that we are a shameful sight and in need of the moral disguise.

— Friedrich Nietzsche,

Addition and multiplication In our study of oscillating systems we shall have occasion to use one of the most remarkable, almost astounding, **formulas** in all of mathematics. From the physicist's point of view we could bring forth this formula in two minutes or so, and be done with it. But science is as much for intellectual enjoyment as for practical utility, so instead of just spending a few minutes, we shall surround the jewel by its proper setting in the grand design of that branch of mathematics called elementary algebra.

— Richard Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, ?Matthew Sands (1963),

There is a famous formula, perhaps the most compact and famous of all **formulas** developed by Euler from a discovery of de Moivre: It appeals equally to the mystic, the scientist, the philosopher, the mathematician.

— Edward Kasner and James R. Newman, in

There is a famous formula, perhaps the most compact and famous of all **formulas** developed by Euler from a discovery of de Moivre: It appeals equally to the mystic , the scientist , the philosopher , the mathematician .

— Edward Kasner and James R. Newman in

For when man comes to front the everlasting God, and look the splendor of His judgments in the face, personal integrity, the dream of spotlessness and innocence, vanishes into thin air; your decencies and your church-goings and your regularities and your attachment to a correct school and party, your gospel **formulas** of sound doctrine what is all that, in front of the blaze of the wrath to come?

— Frederick William Robertson, p. 540. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))

All ritual has a notable tendency to reduce itself to a rehearsal of **formulas**.

— p.122 (The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899))

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