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  • March 30, 2014: Psalm 23

    March 30, 2014 10:30

    In previous Music Boxes I discussed how ancient Greek and Hebrew used their alphabets both for letters and numbers, so words looked like curious numbers, and numbers like odd words. So it would be natural for them to attribute special significance to the numeric values of the names of God. "Yahweh", for example, equals 26. (more )

  • March 23, 2014: Darkness vs. Light

    March 23, 2014 01:40

    Samuel Barber (1910 –1981) is one of America’s most distinguished composers – he won the Pulitzer Prize in music twice. Very much the child prodigy, Barber was admitted to the Curtis School of Music (almost as famous as Julliard) at 14. He wrote classical music "hit" after hit in his younger years – but not so much in his later ones. Consequently he struggled with depression and alcohol beginning in his 50s, and ultimately died of cancer at 70. (more )

  • March 16, 2014: Living with Paradox

    March 16, 2014 10:30

    In last week’s Music Box I wrote about Paradox – the idea that many (most?) Important Truths are paradoxical in nature. "The last will be first", "lose your life to save it", "whoever humbles himself will be exalted." And I went on to show that Paradox is not only the province of religion: in 1931 Kurt Gödel (1906-1978) proved that Paradox is woven into the warp and woof of Mathematics itself, and by extension into Science. I have a little more to add. (more )

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