Number 63, February - March 2009
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"Of the brilliant boys I knew at [Bronx High School of] Science whose minds were made to solve mathematical problems and skip happily among the most abstruse concepts of physics, a large number were jerks. I've since run into a few of them in their adulthood and they are still jerks. It is possible that the scientific character of mind is by its nature childish, capable through life of a child's wonder and excitements, but lacking real discernment, lacking sadness, too easily delighted by its own intellect. There are exceptions, of course, the physicist Steven Weinberg, for example, whom I've read and who has the moral gravity you would want from a scientist. But I wonder why, for instance, the cosmologists and astronomers, as a whole, are so given to cute names for their universe. Not only that it began as the Big Bang. In the event it cannot overcome its own gravity, it will fly back into itself, and that will be the Big Crunch. In the event of a lack of density, it will continue to expand, and that will be the Big Chill. The inexplicable dark matter of the universe that must necessarily exist because of the behavior of galactic perimeters is comprised of either the neutrino or of weakly interacting massive particles, known as WIMPs. And the dark-mattered halos around the galaxies are massive compact halo objects, or MACHOs.
We offer several contributions about Israel and Palestine in this issue, the most prominent being in Features: an animated book and film by Ari Folman, who took part in the Israeli invasion of Lebanon when he was 19 years old. It’s synchronicity with the current situation in Gaza is obvious. Not to be missed!
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Table of Contents
The End of Wall Street's Boom
Walz with Bashir
The Ponzi Scheme Presidency
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Guidelines - VI
Genes and Life
The Best American Movies - Ever
Lovely and Soothing Death
Caballo y Luna - y otros poemas
Pre-Invasion Jitters - and other poems