In the early 1970s physicists formulated the ‘standard model’ of particle physics, which unified three of the four known forces of nature – the strong force which holds the nucleus together, the weak force responsible for radioactivity, and the electromagnetic force. But including the fourth, gravitational force proved intractable, because the mathematical formalism for how gravity interacts with the other forces produced numbers which were infinitely huge, an anathema in physics.
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One study found that hoarders 'had lesions on the mesial prefrontal cortex of their brains ... Collecting and hoarding, in other words, are the results of brain damage.'
James Delbourgo explores the psychology of minimalists & collectors.
New double issue of @Lit_Review just out. Lots of incisive reviews ( including by @BurlM11 ) of a wide range of new history, politics, fiction and general books plus a nice little piece on Philip Larkin. Thoroughly recommended!