Newsletter 647


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[1]All of our Best of the Moment article recommendations, plus
  FiveBooks interviews and other selected content from thebrower.com
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]The Crisis Of Big Science
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/IbGxAj

Steve Weinberg | NYRB | 19 April 2012

Physicists want bigger and bigger machines to discover smaller and
  smaller things. They've bored a tunnel 17 miles long in Switzerland to
  look for a particle that may not exist. Is science on this scale worth
  the cost? [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/crisis-big-science

[7]How To Write Down The Debts And Restructure The Financial System
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/Icx53c

Michael Hudson | INET | 13 April 2012

Financial sector and rentier partners captured gains, then spent part
  of these gains on acquiring powerful voice in political process. In
  courts and academia too. This sacrificing of economies to creditors
  should be reversed (PDF) [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-write-down-debts-and-restructure-financial-system

[9]Living With The Gulf Oil Disaster, Two Years Later
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/JmxS3N

David Gessner | On Earth | 20 April 2012

"If we expected the entire Gulf to become a toxic gumbo of Louisiana
  sweet crude and dead animals, then no, the 'worst-case scenario' didn’t
  come to pass. But if we don't address long-term degradation that will
  be a worse fate" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/living-gulf-oil-disaster-two-years-later

[11]How New York Lost The Apparel Business
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/Jl6nWa

Marc Levinson | Bloomberg | 18 April 2012

Nobody does microeconomics better than Marc Levinson. How a change in
  depreciation rules for sewing and cutting machines in 1962 transformed
  not only America's clothing industry, but also New York. This column is
  worth a book [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-new-york-lost-apparel-business

[13]In The Arcadian Woods
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/IJtfKY

George Makari | NYT | 16 April 2012

Psychiatrist reflects on nature of anxiety, and its varied history.
  "Present medical classifications offer up a smorgasbord of disorders
  variously defined by the quality of nervousness, the object of terror,
  or its source" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/arcadian-woods

[15]‘The Battle of Anghiari’
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/IAY8U8

Charles Nicoll | London Review Of Books | 18 April 2012

On the trail of the lost Leonardo mural. Was it, as was assumed for
  centuries, demolished and irrevocably lost? Or was it perhaps merely
  hidden from view, covered over, preserved by Vasari behind the surface
  of his own fresco? [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/‘-battle-anghiari’

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Randall Grahm on Wine
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/randall-grahm-on-wine

The Californian winemaker gives us a fabulously eclectic reading list
  for understanding and enjoying the world of wine
  [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/randall-grahm-on-wine

Featured Special Report

[19]France Votes
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/france-votes

French people go to the polls this weekend to elect a new president.
  How do they feel about the choice in front of them? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/france-votes

Reader Recommendations

@rszbt I will not change my old 'mumpsimus' for your new 'sumpsimus'
  >>> t.co/bxZqmiEL @sysparatem @polit2k #browsings[21]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[22]Book of the Day
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/epic-gilgamesh-by-anonymous

[23]The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/epic-gilgamesh-by-anonymous

[24]Stephen Cave says: “It’s haunting, beautiful and in a tradition
  with which we’re not familiar, but which speaks to us immediately”
  [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/stephen-cave-on-immortality
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Stupidity At 2500 FPS
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/stupidity-2500-fps

Does what it says on the can [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Charles Rosen, on surprise
    Links:
      28. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/may/10/freedom-and-art

"From our artists and entertainers we expect originality, and resent
    it when we get it"

[29]More quotes
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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