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(Roughly) Daily · 2d ago

“I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way”*…

  Michelangelo Caetani’s “Cross Section of Hell,” an illustration of Dante’s Divine Comedy, and part of Cornell University’s P.J. Mode Collection of Persuasive Cartography (“more than 800 ma...
(Roughly) Daily · 2d ago

“The missing link in cosmology is the nature of dark matter and dark energy”*…

  Familiar visible matter can be thought of as the privileged percent—actually more like 15 percent—of matter. In business and politics, the interacting 1 percent dominates decision making a...
(Roughly) Daily · 2d ago

“The bubbles of certainty are constantly exploding”*…

  The internet, most everybody agrees, is driving Americans apart, causing most people to hole up in sites geared toward people like them… This view makes sense. After all, the internet give...
(Roughly) Daily · 2d ago

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”*…

  The Museum of Failure opens in Helsingborg, Sweden on June 7. Museum of Failure is a collection of interesting innovation failures. The majority of all innovation projects fail and the mus...
(Roughly) Daily · 6d ago

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers”*…

  Discover a new book every time you open a new tab: add 100 Million Books to your browser. * Charles William Eliot ### As we turn the page, we might recall that it was on this date in 1717 ...
(Roughly) Daily · 6d ago

“Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not”*…

  From the moment Elvis Presley landed, we wanted every piece of him. This turned his old records into vinyl and shellac gold. While the value of discs by other popular mid-century artists s...
(Roughly) Daily · 6d ago

“Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics”*…

  Long-time readers will know of your correspondent’s admiration and affection for Martin Gardner (c.f., e.g., here and here).  So imagine his delight to learn from @MartyKrasney of this… Ma...
(Roughly) Daily · 6d ago

“The soul never thinks without a mental picture”*…

  While popularised by Guillaume Apollinaire’s wonderful Calligrammes from 1918, the art of making images through the novel arrangement of words upon the page can be traced back many centuri...
(Roughly) Daily · 1W ago

“We are homesick most for the places we have never known”*…

  It is fascinating to note that from the early modern era to the twentieth century, the word nostalgia primarily indicated a disease, whose causes, symptoms and cures were debated. Nostalgi...
(Roughly) Daily · 1W ago

“The beauty and nobility, the august mission and destiny, of human handwriting”*…

  Between 2010 and 2014, archeologists digging in London’s financial district, on the site of a new British headquarters for Bloomberg, made an astonishing discovery—a collection of more tha...