Monthly Archives: September 2013

Layman on Feynman on Motion – Sarah Smith

Feynman begins his description of motion with a discussion of description itself: the concept of motion is defined by the changes that occur in bodies over time, he says, and “to find the laws governing [these] changes, … we must be able to describe the changes and have some way to record them.” Feynman’s recognition […]

On the Retirement of Hayao Miyazaki – Ben Clark

It is a misunderstood culture. You will never find a more wretched hive of body odor and social awkwardness than at the conventions. The clubs are the toddler-fenced play space for would-be autocrats. Every fan seems to be wearing a garish costume and haphazardly tossing foreign words into his speech (fitting the pronoun, the fans […]

Raphael’s “School of Athens” – Alyssa Boutelle

You’ve definitely seen this painting before, but if you haven’t taken the opportunity to study it closely, you’ve also definitely missed some details.  Commissioned by Pope Julius II to adorn his private library in the Vatican’s Stanza della Segnatura (The Signature Room, a reference to the official documents signed by the Pope there), Raphael painted […]