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Attention Span 2010 – Megan London

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Fritjof Capra | The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems | Anchor | 1996

“A brilliant synthesis of such recent scientific breakthroughs as the theory of complexity, Gaia theory, chaos theory, and other explanations of the properties of organisms, social systems, and ecosystems.”

Stuart Chase | The Tyranny of Words | Harcourt | 1938

“This book is an experiment. Is it possible to explain words with words?”; “The semantic discipline as set forth in these pages is concerned primarily with objective relationships between the individual and the outside world, between the ‘me’ and the ‘beyond-me.’”

Leonardo da Vinci, ed. Irma A. Richter | Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci | Oxford | 1998

“Combining an artist’s sensitivity with a scientist’s desire of knowledge, [Da Vinci] analyzed the objects of vision and the way in which vision functioned…”; “Throughout his life Leonardo Da Vinci carried notebooks in which he scribbled down ideas and opinions as they occurred—personal, domestic, scientific, philosophical, artistic—frequently accompanied by explanatory sketches and diagrams… The present selection gives coherence to this rich kaleidoscope of ideas.”

Gerald Hausman | Turtle Island Alphabet: A Lexicon of Native American Symbols and Culture | St. Martin’s | 1992

“We who look into this book are literate human beings, and we are obliged to love alphabets…if I remember his fine story rightly, Jorge Luis Borges defines the aleph, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, as the point in space in which all other points in space are contained. If a single letter can signify so much—the infinite, by and large—how potent then are words, lines, stories?”

Federico Garcia Lorca, ed. and trans. Christopher Maurer | In Search of Duende | New Directions | 1998

“There are neither maps nor exercises to help us find the duende. We only know that he burns the blood like a poultice of broken glass.”

Moses Maimonides, trans. M. Friedlander | The Guide for the Perplexed | Dover | 1956

“At times the truth shines so brilliantly that we perceive it clear as day. Our nature and habit then draw a veil over our perception, and we return to a darkness almost as dense as before.”

Jean Jacques Rousseau, trans. William Waring | A Complete Dictionary of Music | AMS | 1975

“A copious explanation of all words necessary to a true knowledge and understanding of music.”

Scientific American | Human Communication: A Compilation of Readings | W.H. Freeman | 1982

“Written by leading authorities in their respective fields, the readings address three disciplines of study: the evolution of human language and animal communication, language families and writing systems, and the biology of language and its relation to social behavior.”

Simon Singh | Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem | Anchor | 1997

“The story of Fermat’s Last Theorem is inextricably linked with the history of mathematics, touching on all the major themes of number theory…The Last Theorem is at the heart of an intriguing saga of courage, skullduggery, cunning, and tragedy, involving all the greatest heroes of mathematics…In telling the tale of Pierre de Fermat and his baffling riddle I have tried to describe the mathematical concepts without resorting to equations, but inevitably x, y, and z do occasionally rear their ugly heads.”

Arthur M. Young | The Geometry of Meaning | Robert Briggs | 1976

“All meaning is an angle”; “Because [the twofold division] is so far beyond rational understanding, we can say little about initial unity itself beyond describing it, in one sense, as the dynamic potency whose division creates a tension between the parts. In causing their interaction, this tension creates meaning.”

More Megan London here. Her Attention Span for 2008. Back to directory.

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