Arts & Culture

Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks are beautiful works of art in themselves

Leonardo’s notebooks are a fascinating insight into his mind. Now the British Library has published its collection online, it’s even easier to study them – with or without translation Jonathan Jones The Guardian Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks are the living record of a universal mind. They encompass all the interests and experiments of this self-taught polymath, from mathematics to flying machines. Now the British Library in London has fully digitised its Leonardo manuscript, enabling everyone to freely explore this precious ... Read More »

If Achilles Used Facebook…

WHEN we pick up a mythological text like “The Iliad” or “Beowulf,” we like to imagine that the societies they describe existed. Gray Matter The New York Times Even if the stories are fiction, we believe that they tell us something about ancient Greece or the Anglo-Saxons, and that some of the characters and events were based on reality. Archaeological evidence suggests that at least some of the societies and events in such stories did exist. But is there other ... Read More »

What Sex Means for World Peace

The evidence is clear: The best predictor of a state’s stability is how its women are treated. Valerie M. Hudson FP In the academic field of security studies, realpolitik dominates. Those who adhere to this worldview are committed to accepting empirical evidence when it is placed before their eyes, to see the… As Walter Lippmann wrote, “We must not substitute for the world as it is an imaginary world.” Well, here is some robust empirical evidence that we cannot ignore: ... Read More »

Theo Angelopoulos: his best films – in pictures

The Greek director, who died on Tuesday, was celebrated for his beautifully shot and uncompromisingly intellectual cinema. The Guardian Here we look back at his best-known films. Angelopoulos’s Landscape in the Mist is another parable of search without discovery. Two children sneak on board a… Theo Angelopoulos: his… Read More »

World’s languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientists

Scientists say they have traced the world’s 6,000 modern languages — from English to Mandarin — back to a single “mother tongue,” an… GlobalPost PRI New research, published in the journal Science, suggests this single ancient language resulted in human civilization — a Diaspora — as… The research, by Quentin Atkinson from the… World’s languages traced… Read More »

Scientist debunks nomadic Aborigine ‘myth’

Before white settlers arrived, Australia’s indigenous peoples lived in houses and villages, and used surprisingly sophisticated architecture and design methods to build their shelters, new research has found. Barbara McMahon, Sydney Dwellings were constructed in various styles, depending on the climate. Most common were dome-like structures made of cane reeds with roofs… Source: Scientist debunks nomadic Aborigine ‘myth’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »