Article from the Smithsonian, “Newton’s Vice,” about Sir Isaac Newton’s long passion for alchemy. It’s eye-opening to see how this paragon of scientific thought devoted years of his life to alchemical transmutation.
Nice piece about the blogger revolution by Ken Layne in the Online Journalism Review.
Take a look at the latest by Paracelsus, a hallucinatory meditation on the nature of the hereafter.
I’ve always been fascinated by chaotic aperiodic tiling along the lines of the famous Penrose tiles. So I was delighted to find a site that actually sells Chaos Tiles. The creator of Chaos Tiles, Ed Pegg Jr., runs the mathpuzzle.com where I spent a long time puzzling and wandering. His links page by itself is worth the price of admission (free). Highly recommended. One of the more entertaining places I ended up in was the Theseus and the Minotaur puzzle on the LogicMazes site. It’s so damned easy to lose track of time on the web, I’ve lost track of time just thinking about it.
Golan Levin’s homemade tidbits page links to numerous beautifully executed Java applet/artworks, along the same lines as work by Scott Snibbe and Martin Wattenberg. Take a look at the e.e. cummings poem that spools out one word at a time. There’s so much expressive space in this domain, I hope we see a whole raft of explorers like Golan.
Who says Latin is dead? Rident stolida verba latina! The Net is just the place to revive a dead language. Esperanto speakers of the world, unite! Your time may yet come, too.