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The Practical Polymath #58
Greetings from Brooklyn.
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📚 Book of the Week: I’ve been reading “When we cease to understand the world” by Benjamin Labatut. This book is as extraordinary as it is hard to categorize. It is a reflection on the limits of our scientific knowledge. It reads like a thriller with Einstein, Schrodinger and Heisenberg as the main protagonists. I would also recommend watching this interview with the author. He is just as intriguing as his book is.
📷 When we’re Gone: The village of Houtouwan on the Chinese island of Shengshan was once a thriving fishermen community. It was abandoned in the 1990s but remains a touristic destination for people eager to get a glimpse at how nature has reclaimed what’s hers. The photographer Damir Sagolj captured the eeriness of the village.
✍ How to Write: I admire Paul Graham’s writing because he’s a master at conveying ideas with the minimum amount of words. Each and every word he chooses is there for a reason. No extra fat. This 400 word piece is the balsamic reduction of writing guides.
🎵 Tune of the Week: There is something intoxicating and trance-inducing about the repetitive melodic patterns of desert blues. I am obsessed with this song by Nigerian singer-songwriter Bombino.
“Of all the means which are procured by wisdom to ensure happiness throughout the whole of life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.”