a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
"William E. Emba"|
In this not-very-stageable play in five parts, Shaw expounds on
mankind and the theory of evolution, from Adam and Eve in the
Garden of Eden to a paradise world 30,000 years in the future.
It turns out that in the future, when these transhumans get bored
with the opposite sex, or life in general, they take up mathematics.
There is a very interesting mathematical footnote regarding Shaw.
A mathematician, Archibald Henderson (professor at Duke, author
of THE TWENTY SEVEN LINES UPON THE CUBIC SURFACE) was an early
devotee of GBS, became one of Shaw's good friends, his best known
critic, and his official biographer.
I have been reading GBS dramas ever since 1963 and BACK TO MEHUSELAH and MAN AND SUPERMAN ever since 1970, and find that this evolutionist (or vorticist as he describes himself) the best of intellectual dramatists England has ever produced. I AM AT PRESENT 66 AND HALF YEARS OLD (SORRY,YOUNG) AND I WOULD LIKE TO INTERACT WITH ANYONE WHO REALLY IS INTERESTED IN THE IDEAS OF BTM AND MS.
THE ONLY QUERY IS HOW MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE IN THE IDEAS IN BTM AND ARE TRYING?
Back to Methuselah is a real classic with evolution as religion for theme which is to be read and understood as if to apply in life, like one should apply the essence of the Holy Bible, or the advice of the Oracle of Delphi, or the demands of the human race if it is to be saved. If the Maiden says she would prefer study of Maths to sensual pleasures, it is not that Maths is the theme (property of numbers is just one topic mentioned). Looking for Maths as topic/theme in this biological Pentateuch is missing the mark.
Please pardon if theses comments are not as expected. However, even the signs, equations, and some formulas of mathematical colour which occur around the figure of your goodself have the quality of inducing meditative peace.
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