"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."
7:01 pm • 3 December 2013 • 13,407 notes
“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music." | Betrand Russell
"Beauty of Mathematics" by Yann Pineill & Nicolas Lefaucheux
2:01 pm • 2 December 2013 • 25,832 notes
This #graffiti from #Athens still makes me giggle. #travelgram
5:33 am • 2 December 2013
“Technology is usually fairly neutral. It’s like a hammer, which can be used to build a house or to destroy someone’s home. The hammer doesn’t care. It is almost always up to us to determine whether the technology is good or bad.”
Noam Chomsky, answering a question from an 11-year-old named Honor on whether technology is always good. It’s the perfect answer, if you ask me.
Chomsky’s words come from Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am?, a collection of young people’s questions answered by great scientists and thinkers. It’s ample proof that many of our greatest questions are simple ones, and their answers delight minds both brilliant and new.
Check out more great excerpts from the book at Brain Pickings.
8:40 pm • 1 December 2013 • 1,337 notes
Awesome knocker in #Rome.
4:37 pm • 1 December 2013
Spotted in the library. “What are you thankful for?” “Vegetarians.” #Thanksgiving #library #apad
11:55 am • 1 December 2013