Ancient Etruscan Mirror with Female Figure and Engraved Scene, bronze, 3rd century BC.
The handle of this mirror is cast as a female figure with bracelets, armband, and necklace. She holds an object in her right hand, her arm is bent, and her outstretched wings curve around the mirror. There is an engraved scene on the reverse of the mirror, depicting a warrior and a woman standing before a building, with a man and woman at the sides.
“Nevertheless, the fact is that there is nothing as dreamy and poetic, nothing as radical, subversive, and psychedelic, as mathematics. It is every bit as mind blowing as cosmology or physics… and allows more freedom of expression than poetry, art, or music… Mathematics is the purest of the arts, as well as the most misunderstood.” - Paul Lockhart
I know I’ve posted this before, but it’s always worth revisiting. So great.
Intelligence Squared U.S. sponsored a debate on the following bioethical dilemma:
What if, before your children were born, you could make sure they had the genes to be taller or smarter? Would that tempt you, or would you find it unnerving? What if that genetic engineering would save a child from a rare disease?
The experts in favor are Sheldon Krimsky from Tufts and Robert Winston of Imperial College London. Weighing in for the opposition we have Nita Farahany of Duke and Lee Silver from Princeton. Check out the audio from that debate here. It’s a conversation that we’ll continue to have for years to come. What are your thoughts?
With great scientific power comes great scientific responsibility.