What the mind’s eye can see

The John Hopkins University Press has a post from Dr. J. R. Leibowitz about the connection between physics and art. While the connection between art and physics may initial seem remote, Leibowitz’s how these two distinct things are ultimately connected. Leibowitz’s intriguing new book is titled Hidden Harmony: The Connected Worlds of Physics and Art.

Johns Hopkins University Press Blog

Guest post by Dr. J.R. Leibowitz 

My book Hidden Harmony: The Connected Worlds of Physics and Art has been cited as among the first serious efforts to address the fundamental connections between physics and art. The question of what unites them invites all of us to some understanding of what is truly basic to these two seemingly disparate realms. It is a reasonable objective for readers who have had little exposure to either.

The docent in an art gallery may choose to address some of the art historical allusions associated with a particular work. “Please notice the clues in this German Expressionist piece to what was transpiring in Berlin at that time. In this next painting, what is the historical significance of the placement of that vase on that particular table?” There is no question that such matters are interesting.

But it is also fascinating to imagine peeking over the…

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Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World

Todd McLeish has posted an article that highlights some of the threats to Narhwals that he discussed at length in his new book, Narhwals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World. Check out his post from University of Washington Press.

University of Washington Press Blog

September marks the start of narwhal migration season, but this fragile species is facing new challenges posed by global warming, commercial fishing, and seismic testing. Here Todd McLeish, author ofNarhwals: Arctic Whales in a Melting Worlddetails some of the perilous new threats this endangered marine mammal faces in its annual move to warmer waters.

Mid-September is the beginning of migration season for nearly the entire population of 80,000 narwhals that spend the summer in the bays and fjords of the High Arctic islands of eastern Canada and the west coast of Greenland. After spending the ice-free months of July, August, and early September traveling in large groups, raising their calves, and eating next to nothing, they are beginning their slow journey to the southern end of Baffin Bay. They will be forced south for several hundred miles, keeping ahead of the southward expansion of sea ice until…

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Sorry Television reviews Flash Boys

Here is Sorry Television’s review of Flash Boys by Michael Lewis. Flash Boys is Lewis’s most recent book about Wall Street. Flash Boys could be best described as a non-fiction mystery book. It examines how one man and stuffy Canadian bank unraveled the mystery of high frequency trading and attempted to help their clients avoid a rigged market. Check out Sorry Television’s review.

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flash-boys-jkt_1I know, I know–reviewing Flash Boys is so last week. But I approach my reading the way I approach my running: Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, just get there in your own time. (Incidentally, this is also how I approach fashion, new music, travel, food fads, and pool.)

If you’ve managed to miss out on the Flash Boys Extravaganza (which sounds like a raunchy Chippendales show), it goes like this: Michael Lewis, best known for writing the seminal Wall Street memoir Liar’s Poker, as well as The Blind Side and Moneyball, published a book about high-frequency trading in which he said, essentially, that the stock market is rigged against the average investor. Flash Boys, which primarily investigates high-frequency trading through the eyes of Royal Bank of Canada whiz kid Brad Katsuyama, unpacks the wonky details of HFT to a damning conclusion: Firms are exploiting technological and regulatory…

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