Newton Exhibit

Via Kevin Drum
Isaac Newton’s Gravity – How a major new exhibition gets the scientist wrong. By James�Gleick
Gleick has an interesting article up on Slate about the complexities of Issac Newton NOT mentioned in a new NY Public Library exhibit. As a biographer of Newton, he’s certainly qualified to critique it.
Thanks to books like Gregory Keyes novel Newton’s Cannon
, I am well aware that Newton was far more than the portrait of the ur-scientist that most people have of him. He was very interested in the occult as well, and was a hard, sometimes pettily punitive man.
As well as being a brilliant theoretician, of course.

Bambino Curse to be lifted?

MSNBC – Damon powers Red Sox into World Series
Coming back from a 3-0 series deficit, the Boston Red Sox have done the unthinkable, and beaten the NY Yankees to go to the world series.
No team in Baseball playoff history had ever come back from a 3-0 series to win it.
Of course, if the Red Sox go on to lose the World Series, then one could say that the Curse still holds. After all, the Red Sox have BEEN in the World Series since 1918…they just have never won it.

A not so Reality Dysfunction

The change in the title of the Blog (albeit until it no longer amuses me, possibly on Nov 3) is due to the telling comments as reported by Matthew Yglesias, among others, about Ron Susskind’s article in the Times.

The aide said that guys like me were ��in what we call the reality-based community,’� which he defined as people who ��believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’� I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ��That�s not the way the world really works anymore,’� he continued. ��We�re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you�re studying that reality � judiciously, as you will � we�ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that�s how things will sort out. We�re history�s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.’�

I’ll take reality any day. I leave ‘creating reality’ to my Amberites and Total Recall and eXistenZ.