October 9, 2012 |
Bidding has started on eBay for Einstein's "God Letter" -- a handwritten letter from Albert Einstein in which he is very frank about his feelings on religion. "The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses," the physicist wrote in German in the 1954 letter addressed to the Jewish philosopher Eric B. Gutkind. Einstein goes on to refer to the Bible as "a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.
October 12, 2008 |
Einstein's Mistakes The Human Failings of Genius Hans C. Ohanian W.W. Norton: 394 pp., $24.95 When Donald Crowhurst's abandoned sailboat was found adrift in the Atlantic in 1969, his captain's log recorded the ravings of a man whose mind had snapped. On page after page, he spouted fulminations and pseudoscience, finally ripping his chronometer from its mountings and throwing it and then himself into the drink.
April 10, 2008 |
Scientists and artists may seem worlds apart, but in his deceptively breezy 1993 hit, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," writer-actor-comic Steve Martin looked past their surface differences in search of more fundamental common ground. Rubicon Theatre Company's smart, spirited revival wraps passionate philosophical inquiry in the entertaining, accessible gauze of Martin's giddy comic salute to the artistic, intellectual and cultural accomplishments of the 20th century.
October 28, 2007 |
SOME coffee table books are more important than others. Magnes Press of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has just issued "Albert Einstein: The Persistent Illusion of Transience," containing an amazing collection of documents and photographs. In this enterprise the university has an edge: Einstein bequeathed his personal and scientific papers to it, and they are housed in its Albert Einstein Archives.
September 11, 2007 |
I bet you're reading this at work -- and feeling guilty about it. Rest easy. You are not alone. A recent survey found that the typical American worker wastes slightly more than two hours a day, not including lunch and scheduled breaks. The insurance industry is particularly rife with time wasters (can you blame them?) and Missouri, for reasons not entirely clear, is the state with the highest percentage of slackers. The No.
April 22, 2007 |
IN late 19th century Munich, the multivolume "Popular Books on Natural Science" was required bookcase furniture in middle-class German homes, and its ebullient author, Aaron Bernstein, was the Carl Sagan of his day. "Praised be this science!" he cried. "Praised be the men who do it! And praised be the human mind, which sees more sharply than does the human eye." It seemed the perfect gift for a 10-year-old boy who (contrary to later legend) was doing quite well in school.