definition

(suggested new terminology) Tailgating is when a layman with too much free time on his hands asks experts about some technical term he has seen or heard. Thus, tailgating is a fairly benign form of self-regulatory outsourcing. When he asks, the proper response is: “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Drink deep, or touch … Continue reading definition

New Formalism

(‘a return to rhymed, metrical, and narrative poetry’) Here is the link to the Wikipedia article on this topic. keywords: [poetry wars] [poems] [literary movement]

the two cultures within poetry

Not only are there the two cultures of science and the humanities, there are also, as pointed out by R. S. Gwynn, two cultures within poetry, namely, the proletarian ants and the leisure‑class grasshoppers. Here is the link. keywords: [ardent loafer] [loafer-poet wannabe] [fine distinctions of labor] [happiest intellection] [irrelevance of time] [allusion]

Fourier transform

Here is the link to the Wikipedia article on this topic. keywords: [a mathematical transform that decomposes functions] [functions depending on frequency] [a complex-valued function of frequency] [Fourier series] [complicated but periodic functions] [complicated periodic functions] [the properties of sine and cosine] [trigonometric sine function] [trigonometric cosine function] [recover the amplitude of each wave] [linearity] … Continue reading Fourier transform