4 — Qualitative Change: What Number Cannot Measure

October 25, 2017 — Compared to making money by investing in the market, the economic changes discussed last week—in the upgrades of power over different forms of “fire,” from wood, to charcoal, to chemistry, electricity, nuclear, and fusion—occur as jumps. They create new fields of potential that did not exist before, and cannot be understood in terms of the past.



  1. (TBA) Topics will include geometry (irreducibly global measures) and biology (examples of non-quantitative change).
  2. Preparation for next week — before watching the assigned video for next week, write short (one sentence) definitions of “flat” and “straight.”

Reading for next class: Watch the video Riemann: The Habilitation Dissertation

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