Collected Curiosities: Darwin, Banksy, Tstar Nicholas II, etc

 Darwin said that men endowed with mathematical talent “seem to have an extra sense” (Lecture at the Fields Institute) — Banksy trouble: According to a group of my friends I was the last person (if not on the entire Earth, than in North America:)) who did not know the name of a graffiti artist Banksy. … More Collected Curiosities: Darwin, Banksy, Tstar Nicholas II, etc

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Ai WeiWei, the ‘martyr’ of the Chinese political regime

“I don’t like anyone who shamelessly abuses their profession, who makes no moral judgment.” Ai WeiWei ‘s opinion published in Watts, Jonathan (11 August 2007). “Olympic artist lashes out over PRC propaganda”. The Taipei Times. Taiwan (ROC). Retrieved 6 July 2008.           Today is the last day of Ai Wei Wei’s exhibition at … More Ai WeiWei, the ‘martyr’ of the Chinese political regime

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Collected Curiosities: Mendeleev, Kafka, tango, etc.

Mendeleev published his periodic table in a textbook. In fact, his periodic table was intended to be a pedagogical tool to help his students understand the material better. (A Well Ordered Thing by M. Gordin) When the studies of autism just emerged, researchers thought that autism in a baby is strongly correlated with the high … More Collected Curiosities: Mendeleev, Kafka, tango, etc.

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Cambridge’s Pedagogical Intricacies

Andrew Warwick, the author of Masters of Theory: Cambridge and the Rise of Mathematical Physics, is a senior lecturer in the history of sciences at the Imperial College in London.  Warwick started the research project presented in Masters of Theory in the mid-1980s during his doctoral study period at the Department of History and Philosophy … More Cambridge’s Pedagogical Intricacies

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Collected Curiosities: Whig History, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, etc.

Composer Igor Stravinsky was a son of a talented singer.  He realized that his calling is music early in life, but tried to make a career as a lawyer (concert brochure) Read a piece where a blogger complained about her sandwich being too chewy.  Maybe I lack sense of humor, but is it really a valid … More Collected Curiosities: Whig History, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, etc.

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The Windmill

I read a book by a Ukrainian author Dara Korniy From the Seventh Circle of Hell.  One of the main settings of the novel was the windmill where the main characters (the dwellers of the seventh circle of hell) appeared on Earth in their human form. The following are the illustrations that I came up with: … More The Windmill

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