Posts Tagged ‘Books’

Posted: December 26, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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He understood that modeling the incoherent and vertiginous matter of which dreams are composed was the most difficult task that a man could undertake, even though he should penetrate all the enigmas of a superior and inferior order; much more difficult than weaving a rope out of sand or coining the faceless wind.

Jorge Luis Borges, The Circular Ruins, in Ficciones (via fauvevivre)

Posted: December 15, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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I don’t write a book so that it will be the final word; I write a book so that other books are possible, not necessarily written by me.

Michel Foucault (via wordpainting)

Posted: December 13, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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Clay Shirky argues that technologies get interesting only when they’re widespread enough to become boring. In 2012, in the best way possible, e-readers became incredibly, fantastically boring. Though the year found marginal improvements to e-reader technologies, it also saw a significant reversal in the relationship between humans and the written words we use to help express our humanity: In 2012, we read books, but our books also read us. Teachers used e-readers to catch would-be cheaters among their students. Books on screens promised new frontiers of interactivity between textbooks and teaching. They transformed Shakespeare’s plays from public performances to intimate ones. We went, with our books, back to the future, rediscovering in digital texts what has always made books agents of culture and, generally, awesome: their implicit community, their fundamental sociability, their ability to capture and convene. This year, we began to learn what it will mean to have books and readers that are reciprocal. We began to understand an old insight in a new way: We shape our books, and then our books shape us.

The Year in Tech, 2012: Reading  (via courtenaybird)

Posted: December 7, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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A book is a human-powered film projector (complete with feature film) that advances at a speed fully customized to the viewer’s mood or fancy. This rare harmony between object and user arises from the minimal skills required to manipulate a bound sequence of pages. Each piece of paper embodies a corresponding instant of time which remains frozen until liberated by the act of turning a page.

John Maeda (via inthenoosphere)


When Einstein Met Tagore

Collision and convergence in Truth and Beauty at the intersection of science and spirituality

On July 14, 1930, Albert Einstein welcomed into his home on the outskirts of Berlin the Indian philosopher Rabindranath Tagore. The two proceeded to have one of the most stimulating, intellectually riveting conversations in history, exploring the age-old friction between science and religion. Science and the Indian Tradition: When Einstein Met Tagore recounts the historic encounter, amidst a broader discussion of the intellectual renaissance that swept India in the early twentieth century, germinating a curious osmosis of Indian traditions and secular Western scientific doctrine.

The following excerpt from one of Einstein and Tagore’s conversations dances between previously examined definitions of science, beauty, consciousness, and philosophy in a masterful meditation on the most fundamental questions of human existence.

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Posted: November 28, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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Between the times of Aristarchus and Huygens, humans answered the question that had so excited me as a boy growing up in Brooklyn: What are stars? The answer is that the stars are mighty suns, light-years away in the vastness of interstellar space.

Carl Sagan – Cosmos (via ikenbot)

This is the “information age”, we all know that. Laptops and smartphones wing uncountable amounts of information between us, across the airwaves and down wires and optical fibres. Bank transactions, weather reports, news stories, love stories and break-ups are being communicated through the ubiquitous ability of the machines around us to process information. But why should we call this the information age rather than, say, the decades after Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1450 and began the publishing revolution? What about when the first fragments of paper were made more than 2,000 years ago, allowing (relatively) easy sharing of stories or administrative records? Or how about the earliest known records of writing, Sumerian clay tablets etched with cuneiform script? Or the invention of language some time in the prehistory of our species? At each stage, humans wanted to communicate something. At each stage there has been information, and information has propelled the evolution of our society. James Gleick, the doyen of science writing and the author of the hugely successful Chaos as well as biographies of Richard Feynman and Isaac Newton, reviews the history of humanity through the lens of our attempts to make communication faster, more efficient and more available.

The Information: a History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick – review | Alok Jha | Science |