The Conscience of Color, from Chemistry to Culture

Ancient southwesterners gave turquoise, the greatest wealth, as offerings to water, the desert’s greatest gift. They left tokens of turquoise at canyon seeps and springs amid emerald mosses, maidenhair ferns, creamy blooms of columbine, crimson monkey flowers, dragonflies the color…

Frithjof Bergmann (1930-2021)

(via Tad Schmaltz) Bergmann spent most of his career at the University of Michigan, but previously had taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He earned his Ph.D. at Princeton in 1959. Professor…

Robert Ammerman (1927-2021)

Robert R. Ammerman, Ph.D. joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin in 1957. He was born in Buffalo, New York in 1927, and moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1937. In 1945, he enlisted in the U.S.…

Virtual Archive of Logical Empiricism

A new digital humanities initiative at the Institute Vienna Circle (IVC) at the University of Vienna provides an open-source archive of digitized materials from and on the history of logical empiricism. The Vienna Archive of Logical Empiricism, or VALEP, contains…

Matter Delights in Music, and Became Bach

With his poetic ear pressed to the pulses of compression and rarefaction unspooled by the tuning-fork as it pinches matter into waveform, Johnson writes: These alternate equidistant forces travel at the rate of 1,180 feet per second through the elasticity…