Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2002 18:48:05 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jack Morava
Subject: exotic topoi
Hi:
Maybe it's worth noting, for use at lunches and teas with colleagues
from other departments (and Deans), that `topos' is an important technical
term in modern literary theory; I looked on google and found, at
for example, the following quote:
Topos: a mental `place' where an argument can be found, or the argument
itself [Aristotle, Rhetoric II.23].
I believe the underlying image is of some well-thought-out landscape or
context, as in the `topos' of the bored young wife (eg in Anna Karenina or
Madame Bovary) or the `topos' of lost orphans (Hansel & Gretel, or Lemony
Snicket). This is not really so far from the mathematical usage, especially
the idea of a manifold as something covered by an overlapping system of
coordinate systems.
For mathematical purposes,
(which also came up on google) might be more helpful.
I doubt somehow that literary topoi have exponentials. They might
be Cartesian closed, though...
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