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THE WIT OF AUTOMOTIVE ARTISTS

I WAS LEAFING through a Gooding & Company auction catalog when I encountered its auto memorabilia section. It impressed me with an aspect of automotive artists I hadn’t considered recently: … Continue reading

June 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

A GLIMPSE AT SIR MODELING PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, tidbits on epidemic modeling were offered, based on Paul Taylor’s “Susceptible, Infectious, Recovered,” London Review of Books, May 7, 2020. Today in Part 2, we see … Continue reading

May 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

A GLIMPSE AT SIR MODELING PART 1

AN “SIR” MODEL (as in S.I.R.) is a mathematical simulation of an epidemic. In full application, the model incorporates extremely detailed assessments of an epidemic’s factors. However, in “Susceptible, Infectious, … Continue reading

May 30, 2020 · 1 Comment

CELEBRATING EN HEDU’ANA

THE EARLIEST KNOWN poet, variously, En hedu’ana, Enheduanna, Sumerian 𒂗𒃶𒌌𒀭𒈾, flourished in the 23rd century B.C. I think of her as a Mesopotamian William Shakespeare, Johannes Kepler, and Emily Dickinson. … Continue reading

May 29, 2020 · 2 Comments

LOUIS BREGUET—A MAN AHEAD OF HIS TIME PART 2

THE NAME BREGUET is associated with time, but French pioneer aviator Louis Breguet was ahead of his. Here in Part 2, we see him as aviation entrepreneur, visionary, and theoretician. … Continue reading

May 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

LOUIS BREGUET—A MAN AHEAD OF HIS TIME PART 1

FRENCHMAN LOUIS BREGUET was the great-great-grandson of famed horologist Abraham-Louis Breguet. By contrast, Louis Breguet was an aviation pioneer, yet very much ahead of his time. Indeed, one of his … Continue reading

May 27, 2020 · 1 Comment

A GIANT AWAKENS PART 2

THE GIANT HERE is the U.S. auto industry. Today in Part 2, we continue with tidbits of its awakening from pandemic lockdown, as described in the past six weeks of … Continue reading

May 26, 2020 · Leave a comment