"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:
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
The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener
Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus
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.
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:
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
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!:
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
Finally, a man who conveys the pleasure of finding out things,
thinking and imagining:
Here is Feynman on Youtube, as seen today by me -
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
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. 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
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter
of one's beliefs:
is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
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. "
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