Post #971 • March 13, 2007, 8:58 PM • 64 Comments
I'm on a business trip of sorts, and blogging from the road isn't working out quite like I was hoping it would. So I'm going to sign off for the week, but I'll be checking in throughout.
In the meantime, I've been thinking about what I said yesterday about Einstein and Newton. I'm about to embark on a serious Greenberg binge, starting with the Harold letters and going through all four volumes of the collected essays. I'm doing this because I refer to him so frequently and have never tried to take in the whole scope of his work, but I intend to do so critically, specifically with this question in mind: what did he leave undone? You usually see him criticised on the grounds that he failed to accomodate later developments in art, but I intend the question in a different spirit. I'm going in with the idea that there are aspects of his work akin to the Poincaré conjecture—correct in its assumption but unsatisfactorily worked out. Given my regulars' experitse on the man, I throw the question out there.