The Man Who Knew Infinity: The Fault, Dear Friends, is Not in Kanigel, But in This Film

I was disappointed at how unfaithfully the film renders Kanigel's biography. Despite the myriad of illnesses he faced as a child, Ramanujan always had a heavy build, a trait that distinguished him from the rest of his peers in India. Additionally, Hardy was 37 when he met Ramanujan but looked much younger. Kanigel mentions that …

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I, A Universe of Atoms: On Genetic Variation

Quanta Magazine wrote a piece referencing Whitman's "I contain multitudes" in regards to the genetic variation inherent in our bodies and how such DNA diversity can be seen as a source of errors but also as a source of resilience. The accumulation of mutations over time is though to be the cause of many disease …

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Ode to a Dreamer of Dreams

Dear Dr. Sacks, Like the late Carl Sagan, you have a gentle way of magnifying everything into brilliant resolution and reminding us of our place in the universe. I always look forward to reading your books and opinion pieces, as you put which things matter into perspective. Last month, I was quite delighted to read …

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Late Night Thoughts on Lewis Thomas

Lately, I've been enjoying the works of Lewis Thomas. In The Fragile Species, he shared ideas evocative of the late Carl Sagan: Never mind our embarrassed indignation when we were first told, last century, that we came from a family of apes and had chimps as near cousins. That was relatively easy to accommodate, having at …

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Brainstorming the Existence of a Mythical Country

The Constitution of the United Citizens of Andalucía, An Autonomous Community of Spain Area: 88,000 sq. kilometers, Population: 1,000 Economics Free market, fair trade, and laissez-faire economic policy. Production and export of wheat, barley, and other textiles as well as the development of hydroponics drive the economy. Carbon capture and sequestration methods are used to …

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Through the Looking Glass of Science

  "The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one's eyes." ―George Sand "To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." ―William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence" "If you're …

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Stylistic Techniques in To The Lighthouse

In her novel, To the Lighthouse, Woolf uses stream-of-consciousness narrative, an omniscient point of view, highly punctuated sentences, metaphors, repetition, allusions, similes, imagery, structure, and cliffhangers for various purposes. Woolf utilizes stream-of-consciousness narrative and a third person, omniscient point of view to weave together a story that has a lyrical musicality evocative of waves on …

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