This Making Light
post by Teresa Nielsen Hayden pointed me to a New York Times
article uniting two of my favorite college subjects: classics and combinatorics.
This reminded me of a conversation I had with my friend's roommate at Harvard over Thanksgiving break. He's studying East Asian Studies now, and majored in Classics for his undergrad. We were talking about how Classics can be very useful, but it's not always obvious what those uses are--or well publicised or well exploited either. As a result, it always seems like a closed field, with not much hope for aspiring young classicists. This is an example of new stuff going on.
But like Nielsen Hayden says, it's all a little suspicious.