About Norma Vasquez

Apparently, I eat books.

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  • Norma shared from When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
    it would allow me a chance to find answers that are not in books, to find a different sort of sublime, to forge relationships with the suffering, and to keep following the question of what makes human life meaningful, even in the face of death and decay.
    Note: beautiful
  • Norma shared from When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
    I studied literature and philosophy to understand what makes life meaningful, studied neuroscience and worked in an fMRI lab to understand how the brain could give rise to an organism capable of finding meaning in the world, and
  • Norma shared from The Housekeeper and the Professor: A Novel by Yoko Ogawa
    “Eternal truths are ultimately invisible, and you won’t find them in material things or natural phenomena, or even in human emotions. Mathematics, however, can illuminate them, can give them expression—in fact, nothing can prevent it from doing so.”
  • Norma shared from The Housekeeper and the Professor: A Novel by Yoko Ogawa
    “The mathematical order is beautiful precisely because it has no effect on the real world. Life isn’t going to be easier, nor is anyone going to make a fortune, just because they know something about prime numbers. Of course, lots of mathematical discoveries have practical applications, no matter how esoteric they may seem. Research on ellipses made it possible to determine the orbits of the planets, and Einstein used non-Euclidean geometry to describe the form of the universe. Even prime numbers were used during the war to create codes—to cite a regrettable example. But those things aren’t...
    Note: the goal of math is to discover the truth
  • Norma shared from The Housekeeper and the Professor: A Novel by Yoko Ogawa
    “Math has proven the existence of God, because it is absolute and without contradiction; but the devil must exist as well, because we cannot prove it.” The
  • Norma shared from The Housekeeper and the Professor: A Novel by Yoko Ogawa
    I couldn’t understand a word he had said, but there seemed to be great clarity in his reasoning, as if he were pushing through to a profound truth. The
  • Norma shared from The Housekeeper and the Professor: A Novel by Yoko Ogawa
    “A problem has a rhythm of its own, just like a piece of music,” the Professor said. “Once you get the rhythm, you get the sense of the problem as a whole, and you can see where the traps might be waiting.”
  • Norma shared from The Housekeeper and the Professor: A Novel by Yoko Ogawa
    In mathematics, the truth is somewhere out there in a place no one knows, beyond all the beaten paths. And it’s not always at the top of the mountain. It might be in a crack on the smoothest cliff or somewhere deep in the valley.”
  • Norma shared from The Housekeeper and the Professor: A Novel by Yoko Ogawa
    I’d always thought that human beings invented numbers.” “No, not at all. If that were the case, they wouldn’t be so difficult to understand and there’d be no need for mathematicians. No one actually witnessed the first numbers come into being—when we first became aware of them, they’d already been around for a long time.”
  • Norma shared from The Black Violin: A Novel by Maxence Fermine
    A miracle that could produce the only sound that could link the world of man to the world of the angels.
    Note: music - the link
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