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Richard Feynman’s “The Relation of Physics to Other Sciences” – Dillon Carroll

In chapter 3, Feynman describes the relationship between physics and the other branches of science, namely, chemistry, biology, astronomy, geology, and psychology, which can all be described in terms of physics. As Feynman himself says towards the end of the chapter, “in order for physics to be useful to other sciences in a theoretical way, […]

Edith Hamilton’s “The Roman Way” Chapters 1 & 2 – Tyler Tennant

Aspects of Roman civilization, including language, popular culture, science, and religion, are given considerable amount of study in many modern undergraduate degrees. Drama was a significant part of Roman culture, and Edith Hamilton believes that much of the spirit of the Roman people can be found in this drama they loved so dearly. For some, […]

Mozart’s “Concerto No. 20” – Robert Sparks

Of all the piano concertos that Mozart wrote, only two of them are in a minor key. The first of these is Mozart’s 20th piano concerto in D minor. Although all of Mozart’s piano concertos get played frequently, this one is often a favorite of pianists because of the high level of drama that Mozart […]

Edith Hamilton on “The Greek Style of Writing” – William Lonn

During the panel discussion at this year’s Teach-in, the gathered scholars addressed the importance of studying history and its related fields. Art history was among the subsidiary fields considered. After describing the delineation between History and Art History as a trivial distinction, David McCullough, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Truman and John Adams, remarked that often […]

William Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” – Ben Clark

A clear example of Freud in literature doesn’t necessarily equate to “a good time” for the readers (the characters themselves don’t need to be spoken for). Shakespeare’s Coriolanus is just that kind of tragic good time that may keep Freud and his disciples forever relevant. The play is much more beyond this Freudian reference, yet […]

Richard Feynman’s “Probability” – Dillon Carroll

In chapter 6 of The Feynman Lectures, Richard Feynman once again demonstrates why he was a master teacher. This chapter is on probability, and Feynman essentially encapsulates an entire field in eleven pages. Much detail is left out, true, but in one broad stroke, he paints an accurate picture of the essentials of probability and […]

William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” – Laura Kincaide

“To be or not to be,” that is the question you have undoubtedly heard and associate with one of William Shakespeare’s greatest works, Hamlet. This play contains so many memorable lines that it is continually referenced in and serves as the inspiration for films, books, and plays (try watching The Lion King with this in […]