After a week
I haven't blogged for more than a week. For no reason, actually. Anyway back to blogging:
- Nobel laureate Chen Ning Yang, who is 82, is marrying a 28 year old student. Yang is perhaps most famous for Yang-Mills theory.
- R is back home, and that's nice.
- There was a public lecture by V.S. Ramachandran -- well-known Neuroscientist and author of Phantoms in the Brain. Gave an excellent and entertaining lecture. Talk was, of course, about "phantoms", "synesthesia", etc. Talking about Ramachandran, phantom limbs and all that, didn't Garcia Marquez write about somebody who continues to feel the itching in an amputated body part? If anyone knows the exact quote, please e-mail. I have a searchable version of "One Hundred Years of Solitude", and I couldn't find that there. Perhaps in "Love in the Time of Cholera"? It'll be interesting if Marquez's Dr. Urbino indeed talks about phantom limbs. Afterall, Ramachandran shares many things in common with Dr. Urbino, including a flair for smelling diseases, and a passion for literature and arts!
- P. Sainath speaks about the poor media coverage of agrarian crisis.
While journalism attains greatness or notoriety on the basis of how relevant it is to the great occurrences of that time, today it is [the] mass media, on [the] one hand, and mass reality, on the other.
- Thanks to Lubos Motl for linking to my blog.