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Cranking Up Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine

Some years back when I read The Difference Engine, the “alternate history” novel by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, I thought Charles Babbage was just a fanciful blip in the authors’ metaverse. Later I learned that Babbage was the real … Continue reading

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Flaneur’s Gallery: The Peanut Butter Mona Lisa

Vik Muniz. Mona Lisa in Peanut Butter & Jelly. [Source: Divulgação/globo.com] Call it synchronicity. I’d just read the Mona Lisa chapter in Charles Nicholl’s biography of Leonardo da Vinci before falling asleep, then I awoke to a BBC interview with … Continue reading

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Flaneur’s Gallery: Lady With An Ermine

Leonardo da Vinci. Lady with an Ermine (Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani). 1489-1490. Czartoryski Museum, Kraków. [Source: Wikimedia Comons] … Can sua picture La fa che par che ascolti e non favella. “’By his art he makes her look as if … Continue reading

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