two cultures

T. S. Eliot and Berkshire Publishing

A year ago I wrote one of my monthly e-letters about how I've moved between literature and science, and I'm glad now, as I revisit the Eliot story after the death of Valerie Eliot, that I recorded some ideas about my work on the Eliot letters and about the "two cultures." I was quoted in a number of articles last week:

November 21st, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Remembering Valerie Eliot

I learned about Valerie Eliot's death before the news went out on the wire services yesterday because an acute reporter at The Times (that is, The Times of London) found my 2005 article about the Eliot Letters and emailed me (proving how easy I am to locate). He introduced himself as a science reporter who happened to be working on Sunday and mentioned "the two cultures," which immediately warmed my heart. I'm a literary person who has ended up doing a lot with science, so the idea of having a [...]

November 12th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Was Töfood töo töo convincing?

I'm rather disappointed. People seem to have believed my April Fools Day joke. Tom says this means it was really good, but I'm not so sure. Anyhow, here it is for anyone who missed it, and do click that link at the end of the paragraph. China introduces global food sensation: Töfood An innovative Chinese company has made plans for the global launch of a vegetarian product popular throughout China after learning about the wildly successful introduction of SPAM® during the Great Depression. The Chinese canned meat substitute, made of [...]

April 1st, 2009|Categories: Oddments|Tags: , , , |

Science lesson

We literary types, not to mention the social scientists I spend so much of my professional life with, are not particularly au fait with the latest in scientific research, but I've always had an affection for physicists, and spent quite a lot of time with them in college. I even wrote a long article about the Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB, interviewing Lee Smolin who has gone on to write some fascinating books. I thought I would share an article my son sent me yesterday from Discover magazine: The [...]

September 12th, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

My first widget

It's probably not the first. The Flickr badge you see below is a widget, too, I think. But I had a long conversation this evening about widgets with Dan Gisolfi, the mashup guru from IBM, and Ken Wasch, president of SIIA, and I can't resist trying to add one to my blog tonight. This is a Chinese phrase widget. I'm not sure this will work, but here's the page I got it from so you can see how readily available widgets are: And if you look at my 6 [...]

September 7th, 2007|Categories: Oddments|Tags: , |