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August 11, 2017

“I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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May 19, 2017

“Nature” is what we see
The Hill – the Afternoon
Squirrel – Eclipse – the Bumble bee
Nay – Nature is Heaven
Nature is what we hear
The Bobolink – the Sea
Thunder – the Cricket
Nay – Nature is Harmony
Nature is what we know
Yet have no art to say
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity.

~ Emily Dickinson

January 6, 2017

“Non è mai troppo tardi per andare oltre” ~ Dante

December 28, 2016

“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly — that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one’s self. I believe that if one man were to live out his life fully and completely, where to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream — I believe that the world would gain such a fresh impulse of joy that we would forget all the maladies of medievalism, and return to the hellenic ideal — to something finer, richer than the hellenic ideal, it may be.”
~ Wilde

December 26, 2016

“And men go forth, and admire lofty mountains and broad seas, and roaring torrents, and the ocean, and the course of the stars, and forget their own selves while doing so.”
~ “Confessiones”, St. Augustine.

December 26, 2016

“Leonardo practically never used capital letters for proper names.”
~ “Leonardo. The artist and the man”, Serge Bramly.

December 26, 2016
“Leonardo’s method was always to organize, assemble, and mechanize any given activity, limiting the role of human intervention and trying to achieve with a single machine what was work of several.”
~ “Leonardo. The artist and the man”, Serge Bramly.

Opalescenza critica

December 26, 2016
“Galison usa l’espressione ‘opalescenza critica’ come metafora per la fusione di tecnologia, scienza e filosofia che ebbe luogo nella mente di Poincaré e di Einstein nella primavera del 1905. I due scienziati erano immersi negli strumenti tecnici della segnalazione del tempo, ma non furono gli strumenti di per se’ a condurli alle loro scoperte. Erano immersi nelle idee matematiche dell’elettrodinamica, ma non furono le idee di per se’ a condurli alle loro scoperte. Erano immersi anche nella filosofia dello spazio e del tempo. Poincaré aveva scritto un libro filosofico, ‘La scienza e l’ipotesi’, che Einstein studio’, immergendosi profondamente nei fondamenti della conoscenza e criticando le nozioni newtoniane di spazio e tempo assoluti. Ma non fu neppure la filosofia di per se’ a condurli alle loro scoperte. Quel che occorreva per dare origine alla teoria della relativita’ era un momento critico, in cui strumenti, idee e riflessioni filosofiche interagissero e si fondessero in un modo nuovo di pensare.”
~ “Lo scienziato come ribelle”, Dyson.

December 26, 2016

“Per raggiungere la presa di coscienza fondamentale che le leggi della natura potevano essere espresse nella forma di equazioni differenziali, Newton doveva al tempo stesso congetturare le leggi e inventare il linguaggio matematico del calcolo infinitesimale in cui esprimerle.”
~ “Lo scienziato come ribelle”, Dyson.

December 25, 2016

“It may, after all, be the bad habit of creative talents to invest themselves in pathological extremes that yield remarkable insights but no durable way of life for those who cannot translate their psychic wounds into significant art or thought.”
~ “In search of the miraculous”, Roszak.