Newsletter 834

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Best of the Moment

Ready For A Recount?

Jeffrey Toobin | New Yorker | 6 November 2012

"Suppose it’s close, and suppose, further, that Ohio makes the difference. Prepare, then, for a prolonged bout of insanity." Otherwise known as the procedure for dealing with provisional ballots Comments (

One Man, One Computer, 10 Million Students

Michael Noer | Forbes | 2 November 2012

Twenty-four months ago, Salman Khan was working alone in a walk-in closet. Now it's no exaggeration to say that his Khan Academy, funded by philanthropists, is changing the way we think about education. The potential is immense Comments (

The City And The Storm

John Homans | New York | 4 November 2012

What Sandy did. "For hundreds of years, the harbor had given New York its power. In less than 24 hours, it took it away. As we are reminded more and more often these days, it doesn’t take long to turn everything on its head" Comments (

Loss & Gain, Or The Fate Of The Book

Anthony Daniels | New Criterion | 1 November 2012

On the demise of printed books. "To refuse to use the new technology in the hope of preserving old pleasures would be no more authentic or honest than Marie Antoinette playing shepherdess. The regret is genuine; the refusal is not" Comments (

The Hour Of The Expert

Werner Plumpe | Eurozine | 31 October 2012

A short history of modern economic expertise. Its status has been assured since the 18th century, but not so the kind of expertise required. This shifts, sometimes a lot, but the role of expert never goes unfilled Comments (

'It's Never Been About The Thrills'

Felix Baumgartner | Spiegel | 1 November 2012

Interview with record-breaking skydiver. "I was so fast I could have overtaken certain bullets! That's completely unimaginable for most people. Even some scientists thought it would be impossible." And it was not without snags Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Sara Maitland on Silence

Modern Western societies often seem to be intolerant of silence. Why should this be? And is there any alternative? The author of "A Book of Silence" explains Read on (


Paying for the US Election

How much is Romney vs Obama 2012 going to cost? Who's paying? And what do they expect in return? Read on (

Reader Recommendations

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Book of the Day

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The City in History  by Lewis Mumford

Jon Calame says ( : “The most influential book ever written on the growth of cities and their impact on human interaction.” FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Day

Buyral: Professional Clicking


Truth or spoof? Somewhere in between More videos (

Quote of the Day

Steven Johnson, on error (

"Error is not simply a phrase you have to suffer through on the way to genius. Error often creates a path that leads you out of your comfortable assumptions"

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