May 27, 2010


me: Let's now praise famous men


"And now for something completely different..."

... I got part of my soundsystem working again, which fell still late last year, in the sense that the headphones work again, and so I can see video with sounds, of which more below.

The famous men I'll praise are all dead and two died recently:

Martin Gardner

The mathematical philosopher Martin Gardner died May 22, aged 95

Four excellent books of his:

Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science Dover
The Annotated Alice New York: Bramhall House Clarkson Potter.
The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener

Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus

Richard Gregory

The neuropsychologist Richard Gregory died May 17,

Three excellent books of his:

Eye and Brain: The Psychology of Seeing (l966)
Illusion in Nature and Art (l973), (ed with Sir Ernst Gombrich), London: Duckworth.
Oxford Companion to the Mind (l987), (ed.) Oxford: OUP.

Richard Feynman

Feynman died in 1988 and I read and have most of his books. Here are five of them. The first comes in three volumes and require mathematics, in the sense that they are for students of physics. I didn't read "The definitive edition" of 2005, but the paperback one of 1970. The links are to Wikipedia articles, from which also stems the quote:

"The Feynman Lectures on Physics is perhaps his most accessible work for anyone with an interest in physics, compiled from lectures to Caltech undergraduates in 1961-64."

The following two fairly brief books were originally lectures for "a general audience of intelligent people"

(The Character of Physical Law: (1967) )
QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (1985),

And these two are "Adventures of a Curious Character, with contributions by Ralph Leighton", who in fact wrote up some of Feynman's stories for him:

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: (1985)
What Do You Care What Other People Think?:(1988)

I did not until today have the pleasure of hearing and seeing Feynman (other than from photographs) but today had that pleasure by way of Youtube:

Finally, a man who conveys the pleasure of finding out things, thinking and imagining:

Here is Feynman on Youtube, as seen today by me - highly recommended:

The Book Review is curious and interesting, in what I suppose is typically and quaintly American - in Brit speak, that is - but spot on in various ways: The guys doing the review did get what Feynman was about.

P.S. If you like the Feynman videos 5 or 10% as much I do, you have a fine day - I take the pleasure of assuming.

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
     insufficient evidence
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

"Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources

P.P.S. ME - Resources needs is a Work In Progress that hasn't progressed today.

Maarten Maartensz

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