Lyn Margullis, Claude Shannon, Jacopo de Barbari
what is fractional reserve lending?
How many beings is kefir? by the late great Lyn Margulis (Lovelock invented Gaia with her, Carl Sagan was married to her)
ISLAMABAD: Nato helicopters from Afghanistan intruded into northwest Pakistan and attacked a military check post near the border on Saturday, killing up to
If Pakistan re-opens its border for
1939, when Shannon wrote his Ph.D. thesis with the title “An Algebra for Theoretical Genetics.”
Shannon was then a graduate student in the mathematics department at MIT. He was only dimly aware of the possible physical embodiment of genetic information. The true physical embodiment of the genome is the double helix structure of DNA molecules, discovered...Francis Crick and James Watson fourteen years later. In 1939 Shannon understood that the basis of genetics must be information, and that the information must be coded in some abstract algebra independent of its physical embodiment. Without any knowledge of the double helix, he could not hope to guess the detailed structure of the genetic code. He could only imagine that in some distant future the genetic information would be decoded and collected in a giant database that would define the total diversity of living creatures. It took only sixty years for his dream to come true.
(cf Schrodinger "What is life" who proposed a string of proteins like beads on a necklace - still stuck in the shape motif, sort of like the hieroglyphic theory of language, not a true discrete digital alphabet - Shannon deduced it must be an abstract alphabet)
Jacopo de Barbari in the Capodimonte
Fra Luca Pacioli,mathematician (1445-1518)and a young pupil, probably Guidobaldo da Montefeltro (1472-1508) of Urbino...
Jane Gleeson-White says Nick Mackinnon reckons its Durer
JGW is also plugging Pacioli as the originator of Double entry bookkeeping, and hence modern capitalism. A neat idea, but I think double-entry was being used before Pacioli' s pamphlet. Also Masaccio was painting a vanishing point in 1426, before Pacioli's maths book. Luca was a bright monk,but. And surely JGWs book worth a look
Seems that Barbari was the inventor of the "Aerial view" and the "Still Life" - is that possible?
NatGeographic: SevenWonders of the Natural world: Ive only seen one...
the cave in Palawan
...... if you go, please cough up a decent $40 extra for the rowers, so they will take you even further into the mighty labyrinth
Gloria is now "the most hated" ? Gotta love the RP where todays heroine is tomorrows "most hated"
- the poor woman is apparently under arrest..
... once international credit locks up the tankers and the container ships won't sail. Shortly thereafter it will be lights out.