Monthly Archives: March 2012

Graham Farmelo on Paul Dirac and Mathematical Beauty

Like previous years, Canadian Perimeter institute has a nice historical storyteller about Paul Dirac. Adjunct Professor of Physics at Northeastern University in Boston, Graham Farmelo, on Paul Dirac and the Religion of Mathematical Beauty (See also his book The Strangest Man). Apart from Einstein, Paul Dirac was probably the greatest theoretical physicist of the 20th century. Dirac, co-inventor of quantum mechanics, is now best known for conceiving of anti-matter and also for his deeply eccentric behavior. For him, the most important attribute of a fundamental theory was its mathematical beauty, an idea that he said was “almost a religion” to him. Grandfather of the standard model probably.

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Worst Album Covers of All Time

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Not all album covers are created equal. Some are so incredible that they can’t now be explained by the people who originally conceived of them. Here we look at 30 of the worst, most strange and downright ridiculous album covers ever made.

See all 30 of them @ Blog.tastebuds.fm

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Rokjesdag loop?

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Apparently commercial venues have found rokjesdag.

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2012 – Terrible US Colleges for Free Speech

Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.” – William F. Buckley, Jr.

FIRE has named America’s Top 12 worst colleges for free speech in the Huffington Post.

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