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Is String Theory About to Unravel?


Dec15_i01_briangreene-edit.jpg__800x600_q85_cropBrian Greene at The Smithsonian:

I began learning the mathematical underpinnings of string theory during an intense period in the spring and summer of 1985. I wasn’t alone. Graduate students and seasoned faculty alike got swept up in the potential of string theory to be what some were...

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Bonnard’s Sidewalk Theater


FIGURE-1-Bonnard-The-Cab-Horse-c.-1895-oil-on-wood-11.7-x-15.75-in-National-Gallery-DCBridget Alsdorf at nonsite:

Every morning before breakfast, sketchpad in hand, Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) went for a walk to observe and absorb his surroundings. This lifelong practice began early, when the artist launched his career in Paris in the tumultuous fin-de-siècle period, long...

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on recently discovered street photographer vivian maier


59-1205Imogen Sara Smith at Threepenny Review:

Finding Vivian Maier investigates the case of a provokingly secretive woman who took thousands of photographs but kept them locked away, never showing or selling them during her lifetime. The documentary features interviews with people who knew Maier,...

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Nationalism as antonym of communalism

Faisal Devji in The Hindu:

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One of the peculiarities of Indian political debate is that everyone claims to be secular while accusing others of not being so. Secularism’s hegemony as an idea was made clear by L.K. Advani, when he coined the now famous term...

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National Geographic Photo Contest Winners 2014


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