Daily Archives: August 26, 2020

LIVE: 19:00 BST – REBELLION CHECK-IN (Updates + Q&A)

Extinction Rebellion

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What’s happening with the Rebellion? This is a weekly event and in this session XRUK coordinators incl. Clare Farrell and Sarah Lunnon will go over:

– Latest updates – Upcoming plans – Q&A

This will be a great chance to meet some of the faces who are helping to lead this rebellion and to ask them questions. This webinar is open to via livestream XRUK social media pages such as Facebook and Youtube and will be recorded. You will be able to ask questions online on social media.

The Future of Work (Rethinking Economics Festival 2020)

Rethinking Economics

Published on Aug 26, 2020

Covid-19 has transformed public attitudes towards work and unearthed many fundamental economic questions. Are we working too much? How do we solve mass unemployment? Are workers being exploited?

Joining Rethinking Economics in this discussion: Dr Amit Basole, Azim Premji University Dr Alex Soojung-Kim Pang Professor Liza Herzog, University of Groningen Dalia Gebrial, London School of Economics

This panel event was recorded at the Rethinking Economics Festival 2020.

Professor Who Solved Fermat’s Last Theorem Wins Math’s Abel Prize : The Two-Way : NPR

Mathematics professor Andrew Wiles has won a prize for solving Fermat’s Last Theorem. He’s seen here with the problem written on a chalkboard in his Princeton, N.J., office, back in 1998.

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

The mathematics problem he solved had been lingering since 1637 — and he first read about it when he was just 10 years old. This week, British professor Andrew Wiles, 62, got prestigious recognition for his feat, winning the Abel Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for providing a proof for Fermat’s Last Theorem.

Now a professor at Oxford University, Wiles was at Princeton University back in 1994 when he worked out a proof for the theorem that had famously bedeviled mathematicians for centuries. As Princeton notes today, Wiles spent years attacking the problem, eventually working out the final proof with a former student, Richard Taylor.

The Abel Prize is sometimes called “the Nobel of mathematics.” Wiles won it, the Norwegian academy says, “for his stunning proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem by way of the modularity conjecture for semistable elliptic curves, opening a new era in number theory.”

The academy also revisited the story of Wiles’ deep ties to the famous math problem:

“In 1963, when he was a ten-year-old boy growing up in Cambridge, England, Wiles found a copy of a book on Fermat’s Last Theorem in his local library. Wiles recalls that he was intrigued by the problem that he as a young boy could understand, and yet it had remained unsolved for three hundred years. ‘I knew from that moment that I would never let it go,’ he said. ‘I had to solve it.’ “

Wiles was far from the first to be captivated by Fermat’s Last Theorem: The problem also lent its name to the 1996 best-selling book by Amir Aczel, who recounted how the problem described by Fermat also had roots in ancient Babylon.

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Bach – Concerto for two violins in D minor BWV 1043 – Sato and Deans | Netherlands Bach Society

Netherlands Bach Society

Mar 7, 2019

The two solo parts of the Concerto for two violins in D minor, performed by the Netherlands Bach Society for All of Bach, have survived in Bach’s own handwriting. This autograph dates from around 1730, a few years after the composer had moved from Köthen to Leipzig. Bach composed most of his instrumental concertos in the period 1717–1723, while working at the court of Leopold von Anhalt-Köthen, but this work appears to be an exception. Recorded for the project All of Bach on October 7th 2016 at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ,

Amsterdam. If you want to help us complete All of Bach, please subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/2vhCeFB and consider donating http://bit.ly/2uZuMj5. For the interview with violinists Shunske Sato and Emily Deans on the Concerto for two violins in D minor go to https://youtu.be/iwHOeTHMiGk

For more information on BWV 1043 and this production go to http://allofbach.com/en/bwv/bwv-1043/
All of Bach is a project of the Netherlands Bach Society / Nederlandse Bachvereniging, offering high-quality film recordings of the works by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by the Netherlands Bach Society and its guest musicians.

Visit our free online treasury for more videos and background material http://allofbach.com/en/.
For concert dates and further information go to https://www.bachvereniging.nl/nederla….

Netherlands Bach Society Shunske Sato, violin and leader Emily Deans, violin

For a consideration of the structure of patronage surrounding the production of masterpieces like this one from the Baroque period see:



Rote Adler an Afrikas Küste: Die brandenburgisch-preussische Kolonie Grossfriedrichsburg an der westafrikanischen Küste by Ulrich Van Der Heyden: (1993)

Gross-Friedrichsburg, the Brandenburgian, later Prussian fort on the coast of Ghana in West Africa was built by the Grand Elector Friedrich Wilhelm of Brandenburg.

Under the reign of the Elector Friedrich-Wilhelm von Brandenburg (1640 – 1688), an “African Company,” was founded.  It built a fort on the Gold Coast known as Gross-Friedrichsburg initially under Brandenburgian and later Prussian control.  This company for about forty years ruled from several African forts at: Arguin, Takrama, Takoradi, Akwida (Ft. Dorothea), Whydah and specifically Gross-Friedrichsburg at Princestown (or Princess Town or Poquefoe).


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The story of the fort and of the Brandenburgian colonial adventure is told by Ulrich van der Heyden in his book:   Rote Adler an Afrikas Küste: Die brandenburgisch-preußische Kolonie Großfriedrichsburg in Westafrika.

This volume was published initially in 1993 and republished in a 2nd revised edition in May 2001 by Selignow publishers.

The fort of Gross-Friedrichsburg is today part of the World’s Cultural Heritage.
It is preserved by, among others, the “Brandenburg – Princess Town – Eine Welt e.V.” association.

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Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras Virtually Presents Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras BYSO

Apr 27, 2020

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ students spread JOY through music-making from their homes. ABOUT BOSTON YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS: Widely regarded as one of the country’s finest youth orchestras, BYSO places musical excellence at the heart of all BYSO activities.

BYSO’s mission is to encourage musical excellence in a professional and supportive environment by providing the highest-quality orchestra training and performance opportunities to qualified musicians, grades K–12, while making its programs accessible to underserved communities through financial assistance and outreach. BYSO offers a continuum of orchestra and ensemble training to hundreds of students ages 4–18.

Each year BYSO auditions nearly 900 students and accepts approximately 500 musicians representing more than 140 communities from the New England area. Students are accepted into one of three full symphonic orchestras, two young string training orchestras, six chamber orchestras, a preparatory wind ensemble, and a chamber music program. The Intensive Community Program (ICP), a nationally recognized instrument training outreach program, provides rigorous musical instruction to students from underrepresented communities.

Today, BYSO is recognized nationally as a model music and arts education organization. Federico Cortese assumed the post of Music Director in 1999, and in addition to leading the organization’s artistic vision, he is the conductor of BYSO’s most accomplished ensemble, the Boston Youth Symphony.

During his tenure, Mr. Cortese has instituted several significant initiatives that have advanced the organization artistically including incorporating a robust opera program, introducing initiatives to grow the number of young children as audience members, significantly increasing the difficulty of repertoire performed, and strengthening the overall quality of all the orchestras. BYSO offers more than 20 performances annually at some of Boston’s finest venues including Symphony Hall, Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, and Jordan Hall.

BYSO’s premier orchestra has built an international presence with tours and performances in world-renowned venues. In 2012, BYSO and Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announced a new partnership for the future of classical music, “BYSO/BSO: Partnering for the Future.” This partnership is designed to explore innovative ways to foster the future of classical music by offering joint performance opportunities for young musicians, new audiences and the wider community, and by providing innovative training initiatives for young musicians.