Wednesday, January 07, 2015

mathematics and Winnie-the-Pooh

This quote comes in the context of discussing the art of rhyming poetry and light verse which A.A. Milne wrote in collaboration with younger brother Ken. His son, Christopher recounts first his father's words on poets and then adds his own thoughts.

"There was anyway not much point in teaching a dying art. Better stick to mathematics. After all, mathematics was where it had all started with him. Mathematics had led to light verse, to articles in Punch, to plays, to Pooh. Mathematics could in the same way start me off on the road to wherever it was I was going."
~ Christopher Milne, The Enchanted Places

I'm almost done this book which I borrowed from my friend Kathleen after browsing her wonderful shelves. There are two more titles that complete these memoirs from Christopher Milne, The Path Through the Trees and The Hollow on the Hill.


  1. I love memoirs. Putting these on my list!

  2. I am enjoying it although the part where he affirms he and his father's humanist beliefs is disappointing. But I have enjoyed the rest.


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