2017年4月28日金曜日

私の3冊

「図書」(岩波書店)の臨時増刊号、岩波文庫から3冊を選ぶというアンケートに答えました。ぼくの3冊は内村鑑三『後世への最大遺物・デンマルク国の話』、フアン・ルルフォ『ペドロ・パラモ』、内田百閒『冥土・旅順入城式』です。理由は雑誌をごらんください。いろいろな人が答えていて、じつに興味深いアンケートです。

2017年4月27日木曜日

French Lessons #35

"Le tanin était encore utilisé pour clarifier le vin et la bière, et constituait l'un des ingredients essentiels à la fabrication de l'encre noire, dite 'métalo-gallique'." (Ryoko Sekiguchi)

Quotes 2017 #118

"Space engineers use something called the slingshot effect to improve the fuel economy of their rockets. The Cassini space probe, which was designed to visit the distant planet Saturn, traveled there by what seems like a round-about route, but was actually cunningly planned to exploit the slingshot effect. Using far less rocket fuel than would have been needed to fly directly to Saturn, Cassini borrowed from the gravity and orbital movement of three planets on the way: Venus (twice), then a return swing around Earth, then a final mighty heave from Jupiter. In each case it fell around the planet like a comet, gaining speed by hanging onto its gravitational coat tails as the planet whizzed around the sun. These four slingshot boosts hurled Cassini out towards the Saturn system of rings and 62 moons, from where it has been sending back stunning pictures ever since."

Richard Dawkins, The Magic of Reality.

2017年4月26日水曜日

French Lessons #34

"La bourgeoisie a soumis la campagne à la domination de la ville." (Marx et Engels, Manifeste du parti communiste)

Quotes 2017 #117

"More than any other, the figure of Socrates is highly indicative of the autodidactic and individualist tendency of philosophical thought, and that is why this figure is taken for an authentic beginning. Socrates is typically portrayed as the philosopher who received no teaching, the one who found truth in himself and by himself. A legend about Socrates' father offers an almost transparent indication that the attitude might be connected with a withdrawal of paternal authority."

Jean-Joseph Goux, Oedipus, Philosopher (Catherine Porter trans.)

Quotes 2017 (extra)

"How closely do national anthems resemble the territorial songs of birds? And in what sense do market behaviors resemble those of flocks of birds or schools of fish? ... Are we a herd animal or a pack animal?" (Eugene W. Holland)

2017年4月25日火曜日

Quotes 2017 (extra)

"Leibniz is political because he is utopian. His theories of curvature, movement, and point of view cannot be localized." (Tom Conly, Translator's Foreword for The Fold.)