German Genius

Europe’s Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution, and the Twentieth Century Peter Watson ci ricorda che la Gemania è anche il paese che ha dato alla luce grandi figure della cultura e della scienza. Ricordo un aneddoto raccontatomi da un nipote che, recatosi presso una pizzeria con la compagna tedesca, sentì il pizzaiolo riferirle cheContinua a leggere “German Genius”

Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air

Il libro di Richard Holmes che ti farà sollevare da terra According to Hugo’s story, the poet and the scientist were walking one evening in the Luxembourg Gardens, along the path known, symbolically enough, as l’allée de l’Observatoire. It had been an official festival day and public holiday, and they were deep in speculative discussion.Continua a leggere “Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air”

Jo confesso

Recensione di MAFA del libro di Jaume Cabré El gra de sorra primer és una brossa a l’ull; després passa a ser una nosa als dits, una cremor a l’estómac, una petita protuberància a la butxaca i, amb una mica de mala sort, acaba transformant-se en una llosa a la consciència. Tot, les vides iContinua a leggere “Jo confesso”

Showa. A History of Japan.

“Hey guys, have you ever heard of donuts? They are round, but they only sell them in Yonago”…”why so far?”… “I´ve only got ten yen, it`s three yen a donut, so we don`t have enough for the train and donuts”…”then we walk”…we walked over ten miles under the scorching sun, just to try donuts. ShigeruContinua a leggere “Showa. A History of Japan.”

The Psychopath Test

Two days with your parents at Christmas and you’ll all just be swatted back to the deepest level of the family’s pathology Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test (Pan McMillan, 2012) È possibile che la società sia basata sulla follia e non sulla razionalità? Jon Ronson arriva a chiedersi se la lista di controllo degli psicopaticiContinua a leggere “The Psychopath Test”

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

But the story of Cancer… is the story of patients… resilience, inventivness and survivorship, are reflected qualities, emanating first from those who struggle with illness and only then mirrored by those who treat them.  Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Fourth Estate, 2010) In una intervista rilasciata al New YorkContinua a leggere “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”

La Sagesse tragique

Contre les pensées de la négation et du ressentiment, contre les versions de l’ideal ascétique, la philosophie nietzschéenne milite pour l’acceptation et le consentement joyeux au monde.   Michel Onfray, La Sagesse tragique (Livre de Poche, 2006) Nietzsche viene citato molto spesso ma letto pochissimo. In questo libro Michel Onfray ci presenta un Nietzche poeta, unContinua a leggere “La Sagesse tragique”

An Astronaut`s Guide to life on Earth

Feeling nauseated is inevitable during the first day or so in space because weightlessness completely confuses your body. Your inner ear no longer has a reliable way of judging up from down, which throws your balance out of whack and makes you feel sick.   Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut`s Guide to life on Earth, Pan BooksContinua a leggere “An Astronaut`s Guide to life on Earth”