Forwarded from Mathematics co-teacher

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Thu Feb 8 13:21:17 MST 2001

Dear Louis,

Thank you very much for your very interesting e-mail. I'm sorry for the delay
in replying, since I was too much occupied with other things. But I read your
e-mail carefully and found it very interesting. I also share your interests
(Marxian economics, for example).

Actually I didn't know about that European publishing house -- what's the name
and when is the publication (Scientific Notebooks) expected? It's an excellent

I am also interested in knowing about this mailing list? I think I once came
across one such list -- may be it was the same !

I was really inspired to see that so many people are exploring all kinds of
ideas and struggling -- whenever I go to Brecht Forum,  it's this spirit that
touches me most.

In your message, you wrote, "Sudeb decided that if the greatest mathematician
of the 20th century could embrace Marxism. . . " I think it would be more
appropriate to call Einstein a Theoretical Physicist -- he was a mathematician
only in a very broad sense (he *used* some very interesting mathematics).  And
Einstein was definitely a SOCIALIST -- that's what I said in class. Frankly
speaking, I don't know what exactly it means to say that someone "embraced"
Marxism. It's clear that Einstein was influenced by Marx's analysis --
for example, in the article that I mentioned (Why Socialism), he used words
"labor-power", "surplus value" etc -- and he had a great respect for Marx.
I was a little sloppy last Friday when we were talking about various
issues. Usually, I try to be careful about words like "marxism". Very
often, it
sounds like some kind of an organized religion (Buddhism, Jainism etc).  We
don't talk about "Einsteinism" -- we take his brilliant ideas and try to make
further progress.  I think that's the way we should approach Marx -- it would
be wonderful to hear what you think.

See you tomorrow.

In Solidarity,

Louis Proyect
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