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Author: Emanuel Derman

Marcel Carné

A few weeks ago I watched Marcel Carné’s Children of Paradise. I had heard of it before but always assumed it had something to do…

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Maxwell’s Equations

A graphical description of how Maxwell’s Equations lead to electromagnetic waves. Maxwells Equations Make Waves

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A Sense of the Tragic

An all-American friend of mine sometimes accuses me of having a pessimistic European view of life. It’s true: I (used to) like sad movies.  I…

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Soft Power

When I was a blue-eyed boy in the early 1950s in Cape Town near the southern tip of Africa, much of the popular music on…

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The Song of Mandelay

Mother Goddam’s bar in Mandelay Seven planks over the greenish bay Goddam, what kind of establishment that was! Fifteen men waiting for their turn The…

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Bagazh – Happy End

It was many decades ago that I discovered Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenye. I had known, of course, about Bobby Darin’s Mack the Knife, but…

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