Whitepage: Yes, you can choose to learn in a graduate school the vulgar trade of selling shiny toys to stupid rich and famous and to become rich yourself in the process. But if you do it, you will never become Einstein, and when you wake up, you will find out, it is too late, your potential talent or maybe even potential genius is wasted in exchange of a good income. Stuff Books, Books Stuff
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Krista Tippett, with On Being. Today: "Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth," with physicist and novelist Janna Levin. We tend to think time is like a straight arrow, always moving forward. But Einstein called that a stubbornly persistent illusion. And Janna Levin's novel, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, is structured to evoke time the way physicists know it — as relative and curved, with past, present, and future in a fluid interplay.
“Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man.” A. Einstein
Imaginary Food Diaries Of Famous Authors--these are hilarious. Loved the Hemingway one, but all are just so funny.
Walter Benjamin's essays on the great French lyric poet Charles Baudelaire revolutionized not just the way we think about Baudelaire, but our understanding of modernity and modernism as well. In these essays, Benjamin challenges the image of Baudelaire as late-Romantic dreamer, and evokes instead the modern poet caught in a life-or-death struggle with the forces of the urban commodity capitalism that had emerged in Paris around 1850.