The Scientific Indian

Archives for April, 2010

Heartbeats

Crab Nebula Caesium-133 atom has 551,557,906,200 heartbeats per minute Humans have 70 heartbeats per minute Sun has 1 heartbeat every 11 years Crab Nebula pulsar has 1812 heartbeats per minute Wondering what’s the purpose of all this time keeping.

Weekend music

Still alive. Still listening to music. Here’s a few from my playlist this morning. Sophia by Nerina Pallot Les Etoiles (The Stars) by Melody Gargot (check out her lickable website and who she is). A Sunday Smile by Zach Condon (wish he made more music) Pourquoi me réveiller (Why do you wake me?) from Werther…

Poems by E. E Cummings

Self portrait The american poet E. E. Cummings’ poems usually have mashed-up capitalization, punctuation and are constructed on the page with words as visual art. Consider the below poems where he presents his (typical early 20th century) views on science and technology as having a rather callous effect on earth. His expression of that sentiment…

T S Eliot on Good Friday

From The Four Quartets: The whole earth is our hospital Endowed by the ruined millionaire, Wherein, if we do well, we shall Die of the absolute paternal care That will not leave us, but prevents us everywhere. The chill ascends from feet to knees, The fever sings in mental wires. If to be warmed, then…

A fascinating presentation. The logical conclusion of a world singing to the tune of commerce. Life as a game. A gloriusly simplified abstraction over the complexities of real life. What’s gonna stop it? You and me? Cue in uproarious laughter. Well, Mr. Schell does throw in a bit of optimism in the end. If we…