3 quotes from 3 books. Sent weekly.
“In literary terms, we might identify substitution with ‘metaphor,’ as the historian and philosopher of mathematics Reviel Netz does. ‘Mathematics,’ he says, ‘can only become truly interesting and original when it involves the operation of seeing something as something else.’’
—99 Variations on a Proof, by Philip Ording (2019)
“Every significant emergent technology inevitably enters the world of language as a new metaphor, a way of framing or illuminating some aspect of reality that was harder to grasp before the metaphor began to circulate.“
—Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, by Steven Johnson (2016)
“If categorization is central to thinking, then what mechanism carries it out? Analogy is the answer.”
—Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking, by Douglas Hofstadter (2011)