Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Kolmogorov and poetry

An interesting anecdote about Andrei Kolmogorov, from Moscow Summer, by Mihajlo Mihajlov:
Voznesensky triumphantly told me about the well-known Soviet mathematician and designer of electronic computers Andrei Kolmogorov, who for several years analyzed texts and sent his assistant to poetry-readings with the intention of finding the 'linguistic key' to versification and constructing a computer which would replace various poets.
What Kolmogorov needed was Trurl's Electronic Bard....
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