links are posted according to temporal chaos:
Read free books online:
ebooks@Adelaide– Another reason why Aussies rule
Top digital magazines:
CanopyCanopyCanopy– One of the coolest digital magazines of which I’m aware.
n + 1– a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics published three times yearly. top tier quality.
numero cinq– a warm place on a cruel web.
the nation– old and fairly mainstream, but nonetheless quality. Weekly.
Harper’s– literature, politics, culture, finance and the arts. I pay for a subscription, so you know it’s good. Monthly.
The New Yorker– literature, politics, culture, finance and the arts. You know I swear by this publication. Weekly.
The Stone– The New York Times invites philosophers to write editorials. Applied philosophy written for a general audience. What’s not to love?
Complete Review– A reliable, superlative guide to world literature.
The Modern Novel– Another essential guide to help you not waste time finding the best stuff to read.
Fractious Fiction– This guy, Ted Gioia is a busy man. This will lead you to several websites. Holy moly. This guy has not only read almost everything there is that’s cool to read, he’s written an accessible essay about it.
Erwin Schrodinger’s What is Life?
Werner Heisenberg’s physics and philosophy
The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy podcast and philosophy blog by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it.
A blog, famous in literary circles, where, among other things, select authors make a list of the music they listened to while they wrote specific work(s).
The premier literary journal in the U.S.’s humor website.
An amazing news resource. Probably the best in English.
The best free cultural and educational media on the web
Illuminating human rights crises through oral history
The New Yorker’s fiction podcasts are superlative. Some of the best living authors choose their favorite short stories to read and discuss with the New Yorker’s brilliant fiction editor, Deborah Treisman
http://kheavan.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/william-dunham-journey-through-genius-the-great-theorems-of-mathematics-penguin-non-classics1991014014739x.pdf Journey Through Genius by William Dunham
Like masterpieces of art, music, and literature, great mathematical theorems are creative milestones, works of genius destined to last forever. Now William Dunham gives them the attention they deserve. Dunham places each theorem within its historical context and explores the very human and often turbulent life of the creator — from Archimedes, the absentminded theoretician whose absorption in his work often precluded eating or bathing, to Gerolamo Cardano, the sixteenth-century mathematician whose accomplishments flourished despite a bizarre array of misadventures, to the paranoid genius of modern times, Georg Cantor. He also provides step-by-step proofs for the theorems, each easily accessible to readers with no more than a knowledge of high school mathematics. A rare combination of the historical, biographical, and mathematical, Journey Through Genius is a fascinating introduction to a neglected field of human creativity.
note: added 6/20/13: Jessica Shi found this a bit pedestrian. Organized by history rather than by mathematical concepts, the mathematical achievements are eurocentric.
Free online classic essays
Professor Michael Sandel’s on Justice…one of Harvard’s most popular and well-regarded courses (free)
Stanford University’s Encyclopedia of Philosophy (for when I drop some philosophy jargon that you didn’t get and I didn’t have time to explain)
Archive of classic short stories
Project Gutenberg is the movement to provide as many books as possible for free to the public domain
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