18-08-19 Weekly Links


Disk-O-Knowledge


...THE PHANTOM


Candide - Voltaire

This book is meant to make fun of Leibniz. It's fairly funny and I enjoyed it as a teenager, before I was familiar with Voltaire's other works.

Leibniz has a spotty record as a philosopher, but his contributions to mathematics go far beyond the calculus you normally hear about. His fingerprints are all over pure math and formal logic and computer science and computer hardware and engineering in general. Next time you're in an airplane and it doesn't crash, thank Leibniz twenty times over.

Voltaire, on the other hand, was a rich, sarcastic dickhead whose rants against Jewish and Black people were extremely racist even by the standards of the 18th century. Screw this book.



Pretty good painting, right?


A Pony


It Gets All The Problems Away


Ancient Bath, Palace of Pylos
The city of Pylos is in the Odyssey and mentioned in the Iliad, although it was destroyed centuries before those books came into existence.


More English Fairy Tales - Joseph Jacobs

I was looking for a neat little traditional poem that Wordsworth mentioned, and Google gave me this extremely lively mix of familiar and less-familiar stories. Jacobs does an excellent job of finding good stories and retelling them in his own voice.