No matter how wild your Friday night was, I bet you [hopefully] can’t beat the characters of L. Tolstoy’s War and Peace in rowdiness. Have you ever drank a full bottle of rum in one go while sitting on a windowsill, or tied a policemen to a bear and let both of them swim in… Continue reading “Last Friday Night” – the Tolstoy style
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.… Continue reading Collected Curiosities: Darwin, Banksy, Tstar Nicholas II, etc
“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… Continue reading Ai WeiWei, the ‘martyr’ of the Chinese political regime
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… Continue reading Collected Curiosities: Mendeleev, Kafka, tango, etc.
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… Continue reading Cambridge’s Pedagogical Intricacies
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… Continue reading Collected Curiosities: Whig History, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, etc.
Classical literature is not very popular these days, probably because it is based on an “old fashion” life style. New generations are always hunting for new ideas and revolutionary ways of thinking. Inventing these new ideas, however, requires a lot of intellectual effort. Making that effort is a hard thing to do. Consequently, the newest… Continue reading “Heroes” for their time
This is an illustration to Yuri Andrukhovych`s book Perverzion One of the characters in this book loved to host parties where the main entertainment was the following: He dropped some small fishes into a fishtank and gave them some food first. Then he placed several bigger fishes into the fishtank, and they ate the smaller ones.… Continue reading The trilogy of The Fish
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:… Continue reading The Windmill