3 May In Spain, a medical team celebrates the closing of a field hospital.The hospital, which was full, is now empty. The lights go out like in a theatre – and the last nurses leave. I receive a message from Brazil: “Yesterday on my way back I felt the strangeness of the moment for the first time. We passed only delivery trucks and ambulances. A lot of ambulances.” Ambulances: pure speed, and anxiety conveyed from one place to another. Vehicles for delivery or help. The transfer between home and hospital. “China will never learn” from coronavirus, says the dissident...Read More
Author: Gonçalo M. Tavares
11 April Two ways to get out of the news: religion and mathematics. There are more, of course. A line from Breton: “the act of love and the act of poetry are not compatible with reading a newspaper out loud.” In these days incompatibilities have increased. But yes, two ways to get out of the news: religion and mathematics. A 20th-century mathematician, Edward Kasner, asked his nephew “to think up a name for a number with a hundred zeros”. The kid gave it the name: Googol. A googol is a 1 followed by a hundred zeros. It is...Read More
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