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John, if good for nothing else, this "combative" work (great description!) finally proves to me beyond doubt that there is a tome in the world which I would find even more difficult to fight my way through than "The Recognitions".
Schubert was unfortunate to miss Feynman's justification for knowing pi to 762 digits. The desire to recite up to the six consecutive 9s which occur beginning at 762 was driven purely for the joy of the joke... "Nine nine nine nine nine nine and so forth."
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2014 on 12 Trillion Slices of Pi at JF Ptak Science Books
It is impossible to concoct a more-perfect set of circumstances, isn't it? A man of his brilliance shining at a time when global communications were such that he could progress to the point of having his dissertation ready without being known at all (I don't think that would be possible today), and, of course, a singular mind at the height of its power just as he is first introduced to the world. It all lined up! I am old enough to have seen Feynman at Caltech, but not old enough to have seen Einstein there. He helped put Caltech on the map as a legitimate home for important work in physics by visiting three years running in the 1930s.
In case my first comment was lost, I noted the typo on the map for Union County, listing it at .82. The table cleared it up, listing it at .20 which is in line with its neighbors north and west.
One more note: I had no idea more than 8% of the black population of NC before the war were free.
John, I have to admit I was puzzled by Union County on the map, a puzzle solved by the table of numbers which clearly indicates it was right in line with its neighbors at 20 percent. On the map, it says 82 percent. Typo. I'm afraid you only get a 98.5 on this one.
I have to admit, this is just the kind of heated, passionate debate which occurs with regularity in the art world which reminds me why I have never been interested in it. While I acknowledge it is my limited perspective which leaves me here, it is incomprehensible to me that so much would be made about what seems so inconsequential. At the same time, I don't belittle the folks in the middle of the conversation. They are fully entitled to devoting their energies to such as they do. After all, I have been known to watch American Idol. I have no room to talk. Brilliant analogy, John, using the Star Trek episode. I take the role of the crew of the Enterprise to the Cherons portrayed by Mondrian and Van Doesburgh.
Operating from the condition of "you see what you are looking for," I know, for certain, that the first image in this post is Future Ptak drawn almost 140 years ago. I've read The Time Traveler's Wife, so I understand how this is possible. It also explains the Ptak appearance in the WWI image recently posted.
John, I am reminded of Madame Tussauds when I look at this ad. Lots of folks, all in seemingly correct positions, but no connection between any of them.
It is wonderfully fitting that the story of how we came to learn of Earth's history is one which illustrates the point that giants are really just men, standing on the shoulders of scholars standing on the shoulders of creative thinkers standing on the shoulders of men who...well, you get the idea. You not only get the idea, you tell us about its history. Thanks, John.