I was astonished to learn that the 2012 value of the $30 Henry David Thoreau spent building his house beside Walden pond in 1854 could actually vary from $846 to $128,000!
Fascinating — Konrad Lorenz compares cultural revolution with exoskeleton-clad Arthropods shedding their shells:
The act of demolishing carefully erected structures, though indispensable if better adapted ones are to arise, is always followed by a period of vulnerability.
#reading On Aggression
“The spirit of the law, not the letter of the law, should be your guide” About Face 2.0
Just found out that English as She is Spoke is on wikisource. Highly recommended to all.
It’s a bit strange in that it has no real order and is a collection of semi–related stories about the development and use of the aqualung. Very informative about some of the physiological effects of diving.
A particularly potent part is Cousteau’s story of the first time bottom trawling had ever been filmed, revealing it to be a hideously inefficient and ineffective method of trawling. No–one had ever realised before, because no one had ever actually seen a net working.
The result, the World Wide Web, what we know today as the Internet
Just because the book is not intended for a technical audience does not excuse blatant mistakes. If anything, it makes accuracy more important.