As it happens, I am preoccupied with other
things than my site, and therefore there was no Nederlog yesterday and
there is today one that consists mostly of links, though I will give
It so happens that I like real science and
mathematics, of which interests possibly too little appears in
Nederlog, but then one reason is that there are people who are not ill,
and who studied and teach it, who do it very well.
As it happens, much in today's Nederlog
was picked up from an excellent site by Christopher
Pickover, who has a Ph.D. in bio-chemistry and biophysics, while he
works for IBM and (from Wikipedia, as is the last link) his
primary interest is in finding new ways
to expand creativity by melding art, science, mathematics, and other
seemingly disparate areas of human endeavor.
His site is here:
and it has lots of interesting, amusing,
beautiful and amazing things of many kinds, though most touch on
physics, biology or mathematics.
So here are some pickings, mostly or all
from Pickovers' site, though I had seen some before, notably the first
Russell's message to the future
This links to a site with text and a part
of a considerably longer interview on film that was made with Russell
in 1959, that I saw all of because it is (or at least was, and
certainly should be) on Youtube.
His message to the future counsels
intellectually a very high regard for truth, which I agree with it, and
morally recommends love, that many people probably will like, but that
I consider naive, given human history: People shouldn't learn to love
each other, but to tolerate each
other. Also, it is unwise to ask from them what they don't have the
requisite talents for.
But it is a fine bit of film, and if you
are interested at all in philosophy or Russell, I recommend you find
the whole interview, since it is well done and quite interesting, while
Russell was one of the great minds of the 20th Century.
Here is another great mind, introduced by
his daughter and by the maker of several very fine interviews with him:
Feynman and Christopher Sykes introducing Richard Feynman
This is video from a so-called TED-talk,
from a commemoration of Feynman. The second half has several bits from
the interviews Sykes made with Feynman, although I think it a bit sad
it ends with a part in which Feynman insists he wasn't special:
Clearly, he was, and clearly very few people are born with talents that
enable them to do what he did.
Then again, I think I saw most of the
interviews Sykes made with Feynman that can be found on Youtube, and
that I strongly recommend you to see: He was a great physicist and a
Now for some music, another thing I don't
write much about, among other things because I do not know much about
it, don't read it, and I am not especially talented for it. I am a bit
better than Feynman, in this respect, in that he claims to be unable to
carry a tune, which I can, but which I also know truly musical people
can do much better than I can.
Then again, I do like music, indeed of
various kinds, and here is a musical video that is in several ways
This is special because it is quite
special - eerie, angelic - sounding music, that is played on special
instruments not many people have heard, named in the title, while the
soundtrack was made in 1939.
Actually, I wouldn't be amazed if
computers soon will change much about music - how it is played, what it
sounds like, what is possible in it - as in fact they already have in
recording and distributing it.
After some ear candy some eye candy:
Bosch "Garden of Earthly Delights" in fine detail
This is in fact a very detailed
jpg-reproduction of a great and amazing painting by Jeroen Bosch I
have had a reproduction of in my house for quite a few years.
Finally, a fascinating finding that
relates to the human abilities to represent and to keep representations of fiction apart
from representations of reality: It may
be the case not all can:
distinguished from fiction by a fold in the brain
This is from a site with the
summary of an article that provides some evidence, and
also with some reasons for skepticism about it, but it is interesting
idea, if only because it does relate to the physical facts that enable
people to represent
fantasy and fact,
and because it is both frightening while explaining, in principle,
rather a lot of
history, if it turns out that, indeed, some folks aren't very good
at distinguishing what they imagine to
be, from what they - logically speaking - should or could know to be
not imagined and real. (See: wishful