Special Topics in Calamity Physics

"I know you’re sorry, Charles. It isn’t the point. When you grow up —and from the looks of things, you have a while — you learn things never go back to normal simply because everyone’s sorry. Sorry is ridiculous."

- Marisha Pessl,Special Topics in Calamity Physics (via lifeinpoetry)

Jul 23
Jul 23

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Jul 23

nickkahler:

Alvar Aalto, Villa Mairea, Helsinki, Finland, 1953 (via grossman)

nickkahler:

D. Kantorovich, Perspective of a Train Station, Saratov, USSR, 1929 (via rosswolfe)
Jul 23

nickkahler:

D. Kantorovich, Perspective of a Train Station, Saratov, USSR, 1929 (via rosswolfe)

gehain:

another one.
by Eric Ryan Anderson 
Jul 23

gehain:

another one.

by Eric Ryan Anderson 

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tribecafilm:

Second Chance to See ‘When Harry Met Sally…’ For Free On July 29
Jul 23

tribecafilm:

Second Chance to See ‘When Harry Met Sally…’ For Free On July 29

Jul 23

gehain:

Interpol. 

Ladies, please calm down. 

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Jul 23

nickkahler:

Enric MirallesDrawings of the Architecture of War, c. 1990

"Jacques Lacan reminds us, that in sex, each individual is to a large extent on their own, if I can put it that way. Naturally, the other’s body has to be mediated, but at the end of the day, the pleasure will be always your pleasure. Sex separates, doesn’t unite. The fact you are naked and pressing against the other is an image, an imaginary representation. What is real is that pleasure takes you a long way away, very far from the other. What is real is narcis­sistic, what binds is imaginary. So there is no such thing as a sexual relationship, concludes Lacan. His proposition shocked people since at the time everybody was talking about nothing else but “sexual relationships”. If there is no sexual relationship in sexuality, love is what fills the absence of a sexual relationship.
 Lacan doesn’t say that love is a disguise for sexual relationships; he says that sexual relationships don’t exist, that love is what comes to replace that non-relationship. That’s much more interesting. This idea leads him to say that in love the other tries to approach “the being of the other”. In love the individual goes beyond himself, beyond the narcissistic. In sex, you are really in a relationship with yourself via the mediation of the other. The other helps you to discover the reality of pleasure. In love, on the contrary the mediation of the other is enough in itself. Such is the nature of the amorous encounter: you go to take on the other, to make him or her exist with you, as he or she is. It is a much more profound conception of love than the entirely banal view that love is no more than an imaginary canvas painted over the reality of sex."

- Alain Badiou, In Praise of Love (via pomeray)

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Jul 21

"This century has too often seen architects relinquish control by ignoring buildings and drifting off in a mist of poetic irrelevance."

- Rem Koolhaas, “On the Venice Biennale,” 2014 (via guardian)

(Source: nickkahler)

Jul 21
Jul 21

vincentvillella:

As an art student, you’re hit over the head repeatedly with Renaissance art, so I’ve gotten a little tired of it, but something I’m not tired of is the seemingly impossible naturalistic detail attained from stone and a chisel back then.

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The brachistochrone
This animation is about one of the most significant problems in the history of mathematics: the brachistochrone challenge.
If a ball is to roll down a ramp which connects two points, what must be the shape of the ramp’s curve be, such that the descent time is a minimum?
Intuition says that it should be a straight line. That would minimize the distance, but the minimum time happens when the ramp curve is the one shown: a cycloid.
Johann Bernoulli posed the problem to the mathematicians of Europe in 1696, and ultimately, several found the solution. However, a new branch of mathematics, calculus of variations, had to be invented to deal with such problems. Today, calculus of variations is vital in quantum mechanics and other fields.
Jul 21

The brachistochrone

This animation is about one of the most significant problems in the history of mathematics: the brachistochrone challenge.

If a ball is to roll down a ramp which connects two points, what must be the shape of the ramp’s curve be, such that the descent time is a minimum?

Intuition says that it should be a straight line. That would minimize the distance, but the minimum time happens when the ramp curve is the one shown: a cycloid.

Johann Bernoulli posed the problem to the mathematicians of Europe in 1696, and ultimately, several found the solution. However, a new branch of mathematics, calculus of variations, had to be invented to deal with such problems. Today, calculus of variations is vital in quantum mechanics and other fields.

(Source: saulofortz, via visualizingmath)

macdemarco2:

Can we talk about this dog Mac is holding in this interview
Jul 21

macdemarco2:

Can we talk about this dog Mac is holding in this interview

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nevver:

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Historians studying archival photographs from four decades ago have come to the conclusion that the U.S. must have believed in science at some point. The New Yorker
Jul 21

nevver:

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Historians studying archival photographs from four decades ago have come to the conclusion that the U.S. must have believed in science at some point.
The New Yorker

(Source: newyorker.com)