Classic Tevis. Rise to power and descent into alcoholism. Makes me want to take up chess. But, obsessive that I am, I know that were I to do so, I would be lost to the world for ever. As I would if I took up railway modelling.
Yes - it's one of my favourite images from Goya's Caprichos series - the original is in the Prado in Madrid. I did a short picture essay on it to pass the time in Malaga a couple of years back - it's here if you want to see/read it - I shan't be offended if you don't.
'A short walk around Malaga' - 'el sueno de la razon produce monstruos' - part the first - A picture story - if you are interested - the title - as you will know - is borrowed from Goya - number 43 of 80 in his 'Los Caprichos' etchings series. If you are not familiar with it - go have a look -...
When We Cease to Understand the World shows us great minds striking out into dangerous, uncharted terrain.
Fritz Haber, Alexander Grothendieck, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger: these are among the luminaries into whose troubled minds we are thrust as they grapple with the most profound questions of existence. They have strokes of unparalleled genius, they alienate friends and lovers, they descend into isolated states of madness. Some of their discoveries revolutionise our world for the better; others pave the way to chaos and unimaginable suffering. The lines are never clear.
With breakneck pace and wondrous detail, Benjamín Labatut uses the imaginative resources of fiction to break open the stories of scientists and mathematicians who expanded our notions of the possible.