“Attention is an intentional, unapologetic discriminator. It asks what is relevant right now, and gears us up to notice only that.”
The Art of Looking – what 11 experts, from an artist to a geologist to a dog, teach us about seeing our familiar city block with wide new eyes
“The soft bonds of love are indifferent to life and death.”
Religion vs. Humanism – Isaac Asimov on science and spirituality
“Like works of literature, mathematical ideas help expand our circle of empathy, liberating us from the tyranny of a single, parochial point of view.”
Autistic savant Daniel Tammet on synesthesia and the poetry of numbers, by way of Borges – fantastic read
The best books on animals – a very special collaboration with The New York Public Library and artist Kelli Anderson, celebrating the joy of reading in an elaborate papercraft diorama. Take a peek at the link:
Charley Harper (August 4, 1922—June 10, 2007) was an American original. For over six decades he painted colorful and graphic illustrations of nature, animals, insects and people alike, from his home studio in Cincinnati, Ohio until he passed away in 2007 at the age of 84. Renowned New York based designer Todd Oldham rediscovered Charley’s work in 2001, and collaborated closely with him in the ensuing years; combing through his extensive archive to edit and design this stunning monograph. This coffee table tomb is a beautiful tribute to Charley Harper’s singular style, which he referred to as Minimal Realism.
“The world of learning is so broad, and the human soul is so limited in power! We reach forth and strain every nerve, but we seize only a bit of the curtain that hides the infinite from us.”
Timeless wisdom on science and life culled from the diaries of pioneering astronomer and kick-ass woman in science Maria Mitchell
“Science is competitive, aggressive, demanding. It is also imaginative, inspiring, uplifting.”
A remarkable commencement address on science and success by pioneering female astronomer Vera Rubin:
"You are my idea of a good writer because you have an unmannered style, and when I read what you write, I hear you talking.
One thing about the book made me nervous. It was entirely too obvious that you are smarter than I am. I hate that.”
Isaac Asimov’s fan mail to young Carl Sagan:
Fascinating read on sleep and the teenage brain – or how school schedules are sabotaging well-being.
“Time perception matters because it is the experience of time that roots us in our mental reality.”
A fascinating read on why time slows down when we’re afraid, speeds up as we age, and gets warped when we’re on vacation:
"The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man."
Richard Feynman on good, evil, and the Zen of science, plus his beautiful prose poem for the glory of evolution:
"We live in a vast and awesome universe in which, daily, suns are made and worlds destroyed, where humanity clings to an obscure clod of rock. The significance of our lives and our fragile realm derives from our own wisdom and courage."
Carl Sagan on the meaning of life:
"No appreciation for the wondrous discoveries of modern astronomy and space exploration would be complete without a thoughtful consideration of the foundations of modern science and experimentation that were built by our ancestors. Many of their achievements were attained at great personal or professional cost, and many others were not recognized as important until decades — even centuries — later."
A brief visual history of space and astronomy in 250 milestones:
"Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man. In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is surely quite different from the religiosity of someone more naive."
Einstein’s beautiful letter to a little girl who asked him whether scientists pray. Read the full correspondence at the link:
"Love is metaphysical gravity."
Bucky Fuller’s scientific revision of The Lord’s Prayer – a secular definition of divinity as a curiosity-driven love of truth bent through the prism of our subjective experience