Up 8. Did a couple tasks I’d scribbed down last night. Out by 9:30; slight train delay. Finished the Crawford – I don’t know that I think this book entirely succeeds, but there’s an affinity to The Orchid Stories, partly but not entirely the mock-clinical/systemic tone. Started looking at current section over coffee. Therapy. Read Poincaré over lunch – indulged in a full diner meal + pie before leaving NY. I certainly didn’t follow all the scientific detail (it is very hard to make oneself attend closely to long-superseded theories), but I think I got most of the philosophical and methodological points they were in service of. Finished it later on the train. Odd final chapter on the contributions (and physical bravery) of French geodists. Quote to live/teach (write?) by from earlier in the book (117):
What is a good definition? For the philosopher or the scientist, it is a definition which applies to all the objects to be defined, and applies only to them; it is that which satisfies the rules of logic. But in education it is not that; it is one that can be understood by the pupils.
Worked at library 3-6. Added 500 or so words, though this bit, defending discussion of functional harmony, is really tough between clarity, not scolding the ignorant, avoiding overgeneralization w/o too much hedging). Decided to switch to lighter editing of the next chapter for an hr. – probably good to remember that some parts of the book are in decent shape. Got home about 8, got close to packed by 10 (there’s always crap that eludes me until the next morning), listened to side to of the Condition record, and an LP of Stravinsky’s cello-piano Suite Italienne. Lights out before midnight.