The subject of beauty

August 27, 2010

I leave books half-read and unfinished, simply because I read them all at the same time.  At times when I think of these books I get momentarily confused, like now I ponder the Higg’s boson’s philosophical implications, as I am reading Kant simutaneously and he questions mathematics as synthetic judgement a priori, which leads to ultimately if God plays with dice.  And if She does, how will She think of man’s compulsion of the seek for knowledge as he rebuilds babel, drawing closer and closer to Her, and imagine if he finds out that God does not exist.   Sometimes I mix up the storylines – were the crocodiles and monkeys and hyenas in Vishnu Sarna’s book of parables and fables, or did Anthony Boudain eat them?  

My current unfinished books are;

  • The Strangest Man – The hidden life of Paul Dirac, Quantum genius.  Graham Farmelo.
  • Medium Raw – A bloody valentine to the world of food and the people who cook.  Anthony Bourdain.
  • The gospel according to Jesus Christ.  Jose Saramago.
  • Sunrise with Seamonsters.  Paul Theroux.
  • Hullabaloo to the guava orchard. Kiran Desai.
  • The Adventures of Amir Hamza.  Ghalib Lakhnavi and Abdullah Bilgrami.
  • The Panchatantra.  Vishnu Sarna
  • The critique of pure reason, and;
  • The critique of beauty.  Immanuel Kant.

And the subject of beauty, the Dirac equation that led to the prediction of anti-matter and positrons,  in the form originally proposed by Dirac is:

(From Wikipedia)

\left(\beta mc^2 + \sum_{k = 1}^3 \alpha_k p_k \, c\right) \psi (\mathbf{x},t) = i \hbar \frac{\partial\psi(\mathbf{x},t) }{\partial t}
m is the rest mass of the electron,
c is the speed of light,
p is the momentum operator,
x and t are the space and time coordinates,
ħ = h/2π is the reduced Planck constant, also known as Dirac’s constant.
β is the amount of honey on a waffle.

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