a little more of the flux
back endpapers (facing details adjoined; glitch cut square)
The National Magazine “Devoted to Literature, Art, and Religion.”
Vol II (New-York, January-June 1853)
Stanford copy, no date of digitization
different (Harvard) copy via archive.org
A little more of the flux used to aid the melting of a metal might have made the difference...
the second instance of flux in “An Artist in Earth” (same volume pp 361-366) : 365
the article concerns Bernard Palissy (1510-1589, wikipedia), in connection to ceramic work inspired by him, and shown at the Great Exhibition of 1851.
“In fact, it is not even a question of a ‘reading’ in Grothendieck, but rather a listening. An articulation between images, intuition and ear, as opposed to other merely formal manipulations of language, seems to be fundamental for him. In addition to the metaphor of the nut and the rising tide, another of Grothendieck’s central metaphors is, in fact, the image of the creative mathematician attending to ‘the voice of things.’ The ‘hidden beauty of things’ appears to be the hidden beauty of mathematical structures, an intrinsic beauty that the mathematician discovers by means of the extrinsic invention of sufficiently expressive languages.“
difference; flux; hands; listening; mathematic; method
Alexander Grothendieck; Bernard Palissy