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Retirement brings new career in books and music | Lifestyle - Marin Independent Journal

Retirement brings Larkspur’s Harrison new career in books and music by Colleen Bidwill, lifestyles reporter and calendar editor.

After retiring from IBM, Jeb Stewart Harrison threw himself into his creative endeavors.
Photo: Katherine HarrisonCoffee’s not the only thing brewing Saturday mornings at San Anselmo’s Marin Coffee Roasters. For more than 20 years, Marin native and musician Jeb Stewart Harrison along with the other members of the Treble Makers have entertained the early morning crowds with their twangy tunes. Music has remained a steadfast part of Harrison’s life since he took guitar lessons as a 10-year-old growing up in Kentfield.

A lot has changed for the 64-year-old Larkspur resident in just a few years. By the time he turned 60, he’d retired from his 15-year communications career at IBM, wrote his first book, “Hack” — much of which takes place in San Anselmo — in 2012, and got a master of fine arts in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington. Since focusing his attention on fiction writing, he’s written two more books and founded independent publisher Baby Bingus Books & Beats.
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Source: Marin Independent Journal

8 books on technology you should read in 2020 | Tech - Fast Company

A selection of must reads to help you understand the last year—and what’s coming in the next decade by Ruth Reader, writer for Fast Company. 

Photo: JumpStoryThis past year was the cap to an exhausting decade and 2020’s list of must-read books reflects that. Yes, there are the usual chronicles of tech companies, but there are also books that attempt to understand the world we live in as a result of the innovations of behemoth corporations.

The 2010s have been characterized by a reckoning over Silicon Valley social values. Founders who built companies from the dirt of their garage floors with taglines like “don’t be evil” are being held to account for their track records. Organizing tech workers are asking their powerful employers to free victims from arbitration clauses and stop equipping deviant executives with golden parachutes when they sexually harass employees. They are asking for equal treatment for contractors. They are asking for ethical use of the technology they build.

These books also provide an opportunity to reflect on living life online and how this grand experiment has failed. Social media has turned out to be more effective at manipulating the masses than connecting them.
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Source: Fast Company

15 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out in January | Books - Polygon

Andrew Liptak, writer and historian from Vermont suggest, The latest from Charlaine Harris, William Gibson, and Seanan McGuire.

Photo: Andrew Liptak for PolygonTheThe end of one year and the beginning of the next always has me working to read books that I missed or which I’ve been really wanting to read for a while. Accordingly, I’ve packed along three books while I’ve been traveling to see family over the holidays, using the opportunity to catch up.
The first is William Gibson’s 2014 science fiction novel The Peripheral, spurred on by news that Amazon is adapting the novel for an original streaming series, and the upcoming sequel called Agency (see more on that below). The novel is set between two time periods, the near future and slightly more distant future, with an interesting take on time travel. The second is Leigh Bardugo’s debut adult novel, Ninth House, about Yale’s mysterious, magical houses, and the efforts of a mysterious “ninth house” that keep them all in check. It’s fantastically detailed, and Bardugo has the perfect blend of characters and setting to keep me going. Finally, I’ve been listening to Daniel Suarez’s Delta-V, a techno thriller that takes place in the 2030s as the private space race kicks off, following cave diver James Tighe as he goes through an intense training regime as he prepares to become one of humanity’s first asteroid miners.
2020 brings a whole lot of new science fiction and fantasy novels to delve into. Here are 15 coming out in January to check out. Read more...
Source: Polygon

Meet Dr. Gladys West, the hidden figure behind your phone’s GPS | Massive Science

Gladys West is one of the reasons why you can receive driving directions from your phone or tag a photo location on Instagram, says Lauren Mackenzie Reynolds, PhD candidate at McGill University in Montréal.

Photo: US Air ForceWhether you are getting driving directions from your phone or tagging the location of an Instagram photo, the use of GPS (Global Positioning System) has become seamlessly integrated into our daily lives. But less ubiquitous is the knowledge that GPS got its start in the mind of an Air Force mathematician named Gladys West...

Still a mathematician to her core, to this day West prefers using a paper map and making her own calculations rather than using the GPS technology that she helped develop

Source: Massive Science

Advice to keep you feeling well throughout the year | Advice - University Affairs

Natalie Samson, deputy editor for University Affairs recommends, Some of our readers offer their tips on managing the stresses of university life.

Photo: Anna Wray.Every year, many of us resolve to strike a healthier work-life balance and to better manage our stress. Every year, many of us fall far short of these goals. To get the new year off to a healthy start, University Affairs reached out to staff and faculty members at universities across Canada with the question, “How do you take care of yourself?”
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Source: University Affairs

14 of the Best Acting MA Courses in the UK | Backstage Guides - Backstage

Deciding to do an MA (Master of Arts) in acting is an intensely individual decision which people arrive at for a host of different reasons by Backstage Staff.

Photo: Joelle Avelino/Backstage Perhaps you’ve done a degree in a different subject altogether, but through engagement with a drama society, you’ve discovered that acting is your calling. An MA can offer a stepping stone to the acting profession and give you the training and connections you’ll need to succeed.

Or maybe you skipped university altogether and found your way into acting through a different route – music, dance, or something entirely unrelated. After a number of years as a professional performer, you might want to deepen your skills and apply academic rigour to your practical experience.

Many will go into an MA programme directly from acting-related BA courses. Perhaps you want to focus on an area of acting you didn’t get to fully explore in your BA. You might want to deepen your connections or continue studying rather than dive into the daunting freelance lifestyle. A lot of actors struggle through their 20s and truly come into their own in their 30s and beyond – so it’s a good opportunity to use some of that time honing your craft rather than your bartending skills...

...A range of factors will influence your choice, whether geographical, academic focus, or time (most MAs take one year but some take two or even three), but Backstage has picked out a selection of courses that deserve to be on your radar.
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Source: Backstage

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is tuned into education and opportunity | Music - Big Issue

The royal wedding cellist tells The Big Issue how opening youngsters' minds to classic musical in state schools like the one he attended can pave the way for success, explains Sarah Reid, Production Journalist.

Photo: Big IssueIt’s easy to think of Sheku Kanneh-Mason as the teenage cellist who knocked the wind out of billions of people watching his performance at Meghan and Harry’s wedding. But by that point in 2018, he’d already chalked up a remarkable list of achievements. He was six when he first lifted a cello. At 16 he was named 2016’s BBC Young Musician of the Year – the first black musician to take the title in the competition’s history. Now he’s kicking off 2020 with an album recorded alongside his hero Sir Simon Rattle. With his background as a state-educated kid from Nottingham Kanneh-Mason, who is still only 20, knows that even a talent like his could have gone undiscovered. He’s dismayed that other kids who lack funds or an early exposure to classical music will be lost. He explains why opportunity and education are paramount and how even he is still learning...

Royal wedding cellist: Teenaged musician Sheku Kanneh-Mason wows guests 


Selling classical to youngsters
The younger the kids are, the more open-minded they are – but I think classical music can definitely speak to anyone who has a good opportunity to properly listen to it. The more you understand, the more you get from it. That’s not to say that you have to be an expert on classical music to enjoy it, it means there’s just so much in the music. With understanding it can be even more special. 
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Source: Big Issue and CBC News Channel (YouTube)

Life-size video game learning comes to Middletown gym class | Local, Middletown - Hamilton Journal News

Life-size video game learning comes to Middletown gym class by Michael D. Clark, Staff Writer at Hamilton Journal News.

Middletown elementary students are 1st to experiment with life-sized gym video game.
A Middletown elementary school is one of the first in the region to immerse students in gym class into a giant, interactive video game where they train both their bodies and brains.

Amanda Elementary students are now experimenting with a visually stimulating projection system that has them answering math and other academic questions by hitting the correct answers flashed colorfully on to a giant screen.

Adding to the virtual reality immersion is energetic music pumped through a sound system used while gym class teams compete to see who can first finish a series of questions by smacking a rubberized ball off the colorful screen.

The music and flashing lights are synchronized with the students accurately smacking the ball on answers projected as targets on the 11-foot-high and 20-foot-long screen...

“The interactive aspects of fitness gaming – competition, attention to details in the virtual environment, the need for participants to anticipate events and make decisions – all have a very positive effect on executive functioning as well as on attention, working memory, planning, multi-tasking and problem-solving skills,” according to company’s website.
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Source: Hamilton Journal News

2010 – 2019: The rise of deep learning | Deep Learning - The Next Web

No other technology was more important over the past decade than artificial intelligence. Stanford’s Andrew Ng called it the new electricity, and both Microsoft and Google changed their business strategies to become “AI-first” companies. In the next decade, all technology will be considered “AI technology.” And we can thank deep learning for that, as The Next Web reports now.
 
Photo: JumpStoryDeep learning is a friendly facet of machine learning that lets AI sort through data and information in a manner that emulates the human brain’s neural network. Rather than simply running algorithms to completion, deep learning lets us tweak the parameters of a learning system until it outputs the results we desire.

he 2019 Turing Award, given for excellence in artificial intelligence research, was awarded to three of deep learning‘s most influential architects, Facebook’s Yann LeCun, Google’s Geoffrey Hinton, and University of Montreal’s Yoshua Bengio...

The next ten years will likely see the rise of a new class of algorithm, one that’s better suited for use at the edge and, perhaps, one that harnesses the power of quantum computing. But you can be sure we’ll still be using deep learning in 2029 and for the foreseeable future. 
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Source: The Next Web 

Tech’s Biggest Leaps From the Last 10 Years, and Why They Matter | Experts - Singularity Hub

Aaron Frank, writer and speaker and one of the earliest hires at Singularity University reports now, As we enter our third decade in the 21st century, it seems appropriate to reflect on the ways technology developed and note the breakthroughs that were achieved in the last 10 years.

Photo: Jorge Guillen from PixabayThe 2010s saw IBM’s Watson win a game of Jeopardy, ushering in mainstream awareness of machine learning, along with DeepMind’s AlphaGO becoming the world’s Go champion. It was the decade that industrial tools like drones, 3D printers, genetic sequencing, and virtual reality (VR) all became consumer products. And it was a decade in which some alarming trends related to surveillance, targeted misinformation, and deepfakes came online.

For better or worse, the past decade was a breathtaking era in human history in which the idea of exponential growth in information technologies powered by computation became a mainstream concept.

As I did last year for 2018 only, I’ve asked a collection of experts across the Singularity University faculty to help frame the biggest breakthroughs and moments that gave shape to the past 10 years...

Below is a decade in review across the technology areas that are giving shape to our modern world, as described by the SU community of experts.
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Source: Singularity Hub

Eight Educators Share Their Best Math Lessons | Education Week

 This is the first post in a two-part series
Take a look at Larry Ferlazzo, High School English and Social Studies Teacher articles below.
Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo
The new question-of-the-week is:
What has been the best math lesson you have taught and why do you think it was so good?

We've all taught some great lessons and we've also all taught some pretty bad ones.  This two-part series will feature math educators sharing more of the former ...
Today, Beth Kobett, Jill Henry, Avery Zachery, Cindy Garcia, Molly Rawling, Catherine Murphy, Dr. Jennifer McBride-Donaldson, and Dennis Griffin Jr. share their choices. You can listen to a 10-minute conversation I had with Beth, Jill, and Avery on my BAM! Radio Show

You can also find a list of, and links to, previous shows here.
You might also be interested in past columns appearing here on Math Instruction.
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This is the last post in a two-part series. You can see Part One here.
Elements of an Effective Math Lesson by Larry Ferlazzo, High School English and Social Studies Teacher.

Source: Education Week 

How strong is your knot? | Mathematics - MIT News

With help from spaghetti and color-changing fibers, a new mathematical model predicts a knot’s stability by Jennifer Chu, writer for the MIT News Office.

Photo: JumpStoryIn sailing, rock climbing, construction, and any activity requiring the securing of ropes, certain knots are known to be stronger than others. Any seasoned sailor knows, for instance, that one type of knot will secure a sheet to a headsail, while another is better for hitching a boat to a piling. 

But what exactly makes one knot more stable than another has not been well-understood, until now. 

MIT mathematicians and engineers have developed a mathematical model that predicts how stable a knot is, based on several key properties, including the number of crossings involved and the direction in which the rope segments twist as the knot is pulled tight. 

“These subtle differences between knots critically determine whether a knot is strong or not,” says Jörn Dunkel, associate professor of mathematics at MIT. “With this model, you should be able to look at two knots that are almost identical, and be able to say which is the better one.”

“Empirical knowledge refined over centuries has crystallized out what the best knots are,” adds Mathias Kolle, the Rockwell International Career Development Associate Professor at MIT. “And now the model shows why.”

Dunkel, Kolle, and PhD students Vishal Patil and Joseph Sandt have published their results today in the journal Science...

This research was supported, in par,t by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the National Science Foundation.
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Additional resources 
Science  03 Jan 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6473, pp. 71-75
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaz0135 

Source: MIT News

2040 Vision: What Will the Triangle Look Like After the Robots Take Over? | Robots - INDY Week

It might take only one, explains Phil Torres, author, scholar, and freelance writer.

Photo: Rudi PetryA single robot, a few billionths of a meter wide, dropped somewhere in the woods or on a front lawn. In a matter of days or weeks, the entire North American continent would be dust. No trees, no insects, no animals—not even a single bacterium. All of this organic matter will have been converted into copies of that first, mischievous little nanobot.
Engines of Creation:
The Coming Era of Nanotechnology
This is the so-called “gray goo” scenario, which K. Eric Drexler famously discussed in his 1986 book Engines of Creation. More than thirty years later, the danger looms closer. Whereas current 3D printers add one layer of plastic at a time, a nanofactory would move one atom or molecule at a time to build products from the very bottom up. The result would be “atomically precise manufacturing”—APM, for short. 

For example, two computers made this way would not only appear identical, but their atoms would also be in exactly the same position...

How fast might this happen? Quite quickly, since the replication process would be exponential, and we are notoriously bad at grasping exponential functions. We let them sneak up on us. 
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Source: INDY Week

Robotics Trends to Watch in 2020: Our 8 Big Predictions | Robotics Business Review

Keith Shaw, Editor-in-chief for Robotics Business Review summarizes, Robotics Business Review chimes in with editors’ predictions for some big themes to note during the year.

Photo: Keith ShawRobotics Business Review chimes in with editors’ predictions for some big themes to note during the year.
 
In 2019 we saw the world of robotics to continue to expand and disrupt new markets beyond the world of manufacturing and supply chain/logistics, as robots proved their worth in helping to address labor shortages and take on dangerous tasks. But even within the traditional fields, advances in artificial intelligence and software helped robots perform new tasks, working alongside human workers more collaboratively than before.

Now that the calendar has turned to a new year, we look ahead at what may be in store for the robotics sector across several different industries. We have already heard from industry experts (click here and here if you want to catch up on those predictions); now it is our turn to prognosticate on what 2020 holds for the industry, based on our knowledge and intuition, with a little bit of guesswork thrown in as well.

We are feeling a bit confident this year, as we did very well with our 2019 predictions. So let’s jump right into the predictions for 2020:
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Source: Robotics Business Review

Artificial Intelligence: Finding Meaning in the Data | My Experience - WebMD

Photo: Kavya Kopparapu and Neeyanth KopparpuWithout AI, we lose the ability to use vast amounts of medical data that could lead to more accurate diagnoses. Without human doctors, we lose empathy, reliability, and natural patient experiences by Kavya, sophomore at Harvard and Neeyanth Kopparpu, high school senior.
 
Brain scan of strokeEver since the term artificial intelligence (AI) was coined by computer scientist John McCarthy more than 60 years ago, researchers have been able to apply the powerful technology to a variety of applications, including many used in health care. Despite some obstacles, the intersection between health care and AI has the potential for a great partnership. The abundance of patient data—from doctors’ notes and MRI scans to gene sequences—has allowed artificial intelligence to swoop in and help doctors and researchers create predictions with a high degree of accuracy.

But for patients, something is still missing. If a doctor determined you had terminal brain cancer, your first question would probably be “Why?” Unfortunately, because most powerful AI models are unable to explain their decisions, your doctor would be stuck saying, “because a computer told me.”

Recently, advancements in the field of AI have allowed, if not yet an explanation, at least a kind of interpretation. These AI models can provide additional information about what is important in the given data...

Most important, interpretability may build trust by providing additional insight into using AI. It brings us closer to a future of human/machine teams, allowing doctors to start to understand why the AI made its decision.
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Source: WebMD

Welcome to the roaring 2020s, the artificial intelligence decade | Practical Magic - GreenBiz

This article first appeared in GreenBiz's weekly newsletter, VERGE Weekly, running Wednesdays. 
I’ve long believed the most profound technology innovations are ones we take for granted on a day-to-day basis until "suddenly" they are part of our daily existence, such as computer-aided navigation or camera-endowed smartphones, says Heather Clancy, GreenBiz editorial director.

Photo: GreenBizThe astounding complexity of what’s "inside" these inventions is what makes them seem simple.

Perhaps that’s why I’m so fascinated by the intersection of artificial intelligence and sustainability: the applications being made possible by breakthroughs in machine learning, image recognition, analytics and sensors are profoundly practical. In many instances, the combination of these technologies completely could transform familiar systems and approaches used by the environmental and sustainability communities, making them far smarter with far less human intervention.

Take the camera trap, a pretty common technique used to study wildlife habits and biodiversity — and one that has been supported by an array of big-name tech companies. Except what researcher has the time or bandwidth to analyze thousands, let alone millions, of images? Enter systems such as Wildlife Insights, a collaboration between Google Earth and seven organizations, led by Conservation International...

Where will AI-enabled applications really make a difference for environmental and corporate sustainability? Here are five areas where I believe AI will have an especially dramatic impact over the next decade.
  • Automating energy management. Considering that the system of record for tracking sustainability data today is a technology that first showed up on personal computers 40 years ago (here’s looking at you, VisiCalc), we could use a reboot. Two of my favorite early examples of how AI is helping with energy management come from Google, which is using it to improve efficiency and the renewables mix in its data centers; and cold storage company Lineage Logistics, which entrusts AI with the power schedules for its warehouses.  
  • Improving soil conditions and crop yields. Drones and sensors that monitor fields are seen as a key component of helping the agricultural sector make better decisions about hydration and plant nutrition, and in fighting disease. One recent example is a crop emergence solution tested by John Deere-backed AI startup Taranis, along with drone spraying firm Rantizo, soil health company Continuum Ag and additives company Phytobiotics. The intelligence behind the system comes from Taranis, which uses AI to monitor and analyze aerial imagery. Watch for AI to help scale agtech solutions.
  • Modeling future climate risks. A great example of what’s possible is AT&T’s collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory. It’s mashing up its proprietary database of information about the AT&T telecommunications network with Argonne climate models to predict how impacts of climate change — such as sea-level rise, high-intensity winds and coastal and inland flooding — might affect operations 30 years into the future. Anticipate the big financial services and insurance firms to invest substantially in extending analytics capabilities using AI.
  • Protecting biodiversity. The Wildlife Insights project is just one example of how scientists are using imagery combined with insanely powerful data-analysis technologies to get a better picture of how the planet is changing. Google is at the center of many projects, but so is Microsoft, with its well-funded AI for Earth project. One initiative it funded on Christmas Eve is Wildbook, a collaboration between Oregon nonprofit Wild Me and researchers from Princeton, Rensselaer Polytechnic and the University of Chicago.
  • Verifying provenance across supply chains. The headline for many next-generation traceability systems being piloted across different industries — from cotton to coffee to seafood — is the blockchain, which is really a fancy name for electronic ledger technology. The reality is that a whole lot of machine learning is behind the most sophisticated of these applications, and that means AI will be integral for scale.
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Source: GreenBiz

Michelangelo, God’s Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece, by William E. Wallace | Academic life - Times Higher Education (THE)

James Stevens Curl, Architectural Historian is impressed by a detailed account of one of the world’s most celebrated buildings.

Photo: GettyMichelagnolo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564), aka Michelangelo, uomo universale, was master of terribilità, meaning awe-inspiring grandeur. This places much of his architectural work in the Mannerist category, for he employed elements from Classical exemplars in fanciful, disturbing ways (eg, the ricetto of the Biblioteca Laurenziana, Florence (1524-62)). The times in which he lived were those of profound social, religious and scientific turmoil, in which the Church’s authority was challenged, Rome was sacked in 1527 and Copernicus’ recognition of the heliocentric planetary system heralded a completely novel view of the world.

Political upheavals in Florence led Michelangelo to move permanently to Rome in 1534. William E. Wallace (whose credentials as a scholar of the artist’s career are beyond question), in this volume, deals with the last 20-odd years during which Michelangelo served several popes, Paul III (r. 1534-49), Julius III (r. 1550-55), Marcellus II (r. 1555), Paul IV (r. 1555-59) and Pius IV (r. 1559-65), all the time having to ensure he was not in bad odour with the Medici in Florence, where the Buonarrotis had property and could have lost the lot.

Paul III appointed Michelangelo to supervise the construction of the new St Peter’s after the death of Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, whose aesthetically unsatisfactory, fussy designs wrecked the clarity of Donato Bramante’s centrally planned Greek-Cross proposals...

This is the second book on someone described as “God’s architect”.
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Michelangelo, God's Architect:
The Story of His Final Years and Greatest MasterpieceWorking on laptop by sea in winterDid they know it was Christmas? Research probes academic propensity for submitting work out of hours by John Ross, Asia-Pacific editor.

Source: Times Higher Education (THE)

Suggested Books Today | Books - Helge Scherlund's eLearning News

Many books have been written about Leonardo da Vinci. Check out these books on Leonardo da Vinci by Amazon.com.

Photo: JumpStoryLeonardo's Notebooks 

Da Vinci's Ghost:
The untold story of Vitruvian ManThe collection of writings and art in this magnificent book are drawn from his notebooks. The book organizes his wide range of interests into subjects such as human figures, light and shade, perspective and visual perception, anatomy, botany and landscape, geography, the physical sciences and astronomy, architecture, sculpture, and inventions.
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Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography...

...He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo's lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions. 
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Leonardo Da Vinci - The 100 Milestones

Leonardo Da Vinci:
The 100 Milestones...Leonardo books, this volume written by one of the world s top Leonardo experts - looks at 100 key Leonardo milestones across his oeuvres of art, science, engineering, architecture, anatomy and more.
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Living with Leonardo - Fifty Years of Sanity and Insanity in the Art World and Beyond
Living with Leonardo:
Fifty Years of Sanity and Insanity in the Art World and BeyondLiving with Leonardo is a set of highly focused memoirs, a personal journey interwoven with historical research that encapsulates the author s relationship with Leonardo da Vinci over more than half a century. 
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Artists' Letters - Leonardo da Vinci to David Hockney
 
Artists' Letters:
Leonardo da Vinci to David HockneyCorrespondence, some of which includes sketches and drawings, is reproduced with the transcript and some background and contextual information alongside. The book brings together a collection of treasures found in letters, which in our digital age are an increasingly lost art. 
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Source: Amazon.com  

Secretum: Leonardo Da Vinci and the Anatomy of the Soul | Leonardo da Vinci - Ancient Origins

Leonardo Da Vinci, L'Uomo Vitruviano (Vitruvian Man), 
originally known as Le proporzioni del corpo umano secondo Vitruvio, 
(The proportions of the human body according to Vitruvius), c. 1490. ( Pixabay License )Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was born in the middle of the Humanism movement – a search for the lost wisdom of the classical age that broke with the rigid schemes of the Middle Ages by Pierluigi Tombetti, historian, author and writer.

Leonardo da Vinci portrait and anatomical sketches.
Photo: klss777 / Adobe Stock It provided an opening and a new vision of the world: man was no longer subdued and debased by life and by the weight of sin but felt, on the contrary, that he could take the reins and guide his destiny. Humanism brought him to the center of the universe, completely reassessing his position and his potential.

Leonardo was Between Humanism and the Renaissance 
This passionate investigation, which began mainly thanks to the studies of Francesco Petrarca (1304 - 1374), also brought the recovery of the hermetic message and with it with the discovery of texts linked to the figure Hermes Trismegistus , the Egyptian Thoth, the ibis - God of wisdom, magic, time measurement, mathematics and geometry, and the inventor of writing. The Latin translation by Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) of the Corpus Hermeticum , presented to the Medici court in Florence in 1463, spread hermeticism and its religious and occult teachings among scholars; who saw it as a divine revelation reserved for initiates...

Divine Proportions: The Signature of God 
In his research Leonardo studied the divine proportion, a geometry inherent in creation that characterizes beauty and harmony. The human body is one of the most evident representations of this and Leonardo highlights it with the Vitruvian Man and by illustrating the De Divina Proportione (1509), a text by the mathematician Luca Pacioli on the golden ratio, a necessarily approximate number that corresponds to 1.618034. 
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Source: Ancient Origins

This Math Problem Is Baffling the Internet, and Netizens Say There Are 2 Answers, but Which Is Correct? | Inspiring the World - The Epoch Times

This math problem has been circulating around the internet, stirring up controversy among netizens from all corners of the globe, says Louise Bevan, freelance contributor to The Epoch Times.

Photo: The Epoch TimesSome math-minded folk claim to the answer is simple and obvious, while others claim their calculators are telling them a very different tale.

There problem is thus:
6 – 1 × 0 + 2 ÷ 2 = ?Can you figure it out? And if so, which side of the debate are you on? Let’s delve a little deeper into the debacle. Take a moment to attempt the equation for yourself before we share the answers with you.

Many people think the answer is 7, but others are convinced that the answer is 1. 
What do you think?...

6 - 1 x 0 + 2 ÷ 2 = ? The Correct Answer Explained
 

As more incentive, Stanford-educated mathematician Presh Talwalkar, who runs the YouTube channel Mind Your Decisions, shares that in Canada, people are required to solve math conundrums such as these when attempting to claim lottery or competition prizes. So, not knowing PEDMAS could literally cost you millions—if you live in Canada.
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Source: The Epoch Times and MindYourDecisions Channel (YouTube)

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