E pluribus plures

When my middle and high-school orchestra teacher first exposed me to South Indian classical music, my musical sensibilities were offended.

The (second) last tango

This is my penultimate column as an undergraduate: after this one, you'll have the highest privilege of reading one more by me, and then I'll be off to graduate school

Stranger than fiction

Finding joy in level one

"White Teeth" snow and the relationship between past and future

Snow is a beautiful thing, but it too quickly becomes a history book–a journal of the past.

Ives' unanswered questions

Charles Ives was a life insurance salesman with an inner life. After receiving a music degree from Yale in 1898, Ives decided to continue composing, but only as a hobby.

You're a circle, I'm a square and that's okay

One of the most fertile re-conceptualizations in abstract mathematics is the shift from the question, “Does x equal y?” to the question, “Do x and y share enough properties that, as far as their...

Disney World

When I was a little kid, my dad would participate in an annual conference at Disney World, and my mom and I would come along to take part in the magic.

Silent and opaque

Time is on my mind.

Behind that locked door

A large part of the genius of George Harrison’s music is that, on the one hand, he is always striving for a sense of metaphysical oneness with the universe, and, on the other, he is fully (and...

Musings at sunrise

There’s something about the feeling of driving west as the day breaks around you, the sun rising in your rear-view mirror.

Bubbles and 'human nature'

In recent days, I’ve taken to blowing bubbles as a pastime.

The clamor of the voiceless

The human voice figures prominently in the theory of Indian--Hindustani--classical music.

The rights way to go

Utilitarianism has its problems, but its natural and philosophically meaningful way of resolving conflicts between interests is one of its biggest strengths.

Where we're at and where we're going

Questions of a universal scale

For the past two weeks, I’ve been in France, the birthplace of the famous—or infamous—slogan: liberté, égalité, fraternité.

Choices, choices

Back in the early days of the debate around the Affordable Care Act, a sizable proportion of the discussion was centered around what the ACA’s critics called “death panels.”

Discussing politics over 'desert'

This past New Year’s Eve, while my family was celebrating the holiday, the conversation turned to politics.

Eugene Rabinovich

Trinity 2015

are we there yet?