Jun 2, 2003

not even a walk on the wild side
One of the big differences between my life in Tuscany as opposed to my life in Rome is the contact with nature. Before I lived 20 minutes away from the beach. I use to take long walks and ride my bike. In Rome, this is impossible. There are a few parks here like Villa Borghese and Villa Pamphili but on weekends they're overdosed with people. Like a kind of Disneyland. But having spent so much time on the Vespa lately has made me really crave a good long walk. I asked Chiara if she wanted to walk around the Fori Imperiali with me today but forgot that it's la Festa della Repubblica and thus via dei Fori Imperiali will be closed because of the military parade.
So, maybe, I'll dedicate some time to those books that I've bought but haven't read (maybe I haven't read them because they seemed so interesting at the bookshop and so boring at home). One such book is the Italian translation of Chandrasekhar's Truth and Beauty: Aesthetics and Motivation in Science, meditations on the aesthetics of science and the world it examines. Maybe something was lost in the translation but the book makes me yawn.
Is truth a form of beauty or is beauty better that the truth?

Chandrasekhar was noted for his work in the field of stellar evolution, and in the early 1930s he was the first to theorize that a collapsing massive star would become an object so dense that not even light could escape it. Although this finding was greeted with some skepticism at the time it was announced, it went on to form the foundation of the theory of black holes, and eventually earned him a shared Nobel Prize in physics for 1983-- Chandrasekhar developed the theory of white dwarf stars, showing that quantum mechanical degeneracy pressure cannot stabilize a massive star. He showed that a star of a mass greater than 1.4 times that of the sun (now known as the Chandrasekhar limit) had to end his life by collapsing into an object of enormous density such as a black hole--the painting that was in Chandrasekhar's office---Chandra’s commitment to teaching was legendary. In the 1940s, he drove 200 miles round trip each week from Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisc., to the University to teach a class on stellar atmospheres. One day he insisted on driving from Yerkes to teach the class despite a heavy snowstorm. Chandra ended up teaching a class of only two that day. The two students––Tsung Dao Lee and Chen Ning Yang––won the 1957 Nobel Prize in physics, obtaining the distinction even before their professor-- AESTHETICS AND MOTIVATIONS IN ARTS AND SCIENCE--in A QUEST FOR PERSPECTIVES, Chadrasekhar draws a comparison between the haystack paintings of Claude Monet and some solutions of general relativity--Transmutation from One Form to Another,The Interaction of Colour and the Elements Some Scientific and Aesthetic Considerations --Why Things Are the Way They Are book--

So now I guess I'll go look for Another Unread Book to read, visit the Soup Lady in hopes of finding some good summer soups, and finish the little mag collages I'm making for my plastic bottle collection while listening to the Carlos Gardel CD I bought the other day.

Please visit my friends at Spitting Image (I've even made a contribution!). And for a cheap thrill see The Visible Barbie Project via the delightful iconomy who also links to the WoWy artist Katherine Streeter. You may want to visit Kraus 99, web magazine on the arts via Sugar n' Spicy as well as collage art of Karen Richter via solipsistic. And Katherine Dunn's trees. And "ME, An Autobiography" sketchbooks via Fiendish is the Word.

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basta!

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