Liberal Arts

September 12 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Stanisław Lem. A person who can reasonably be attributed to polymaths – the range of his interests was huge, as was the variety of genres of books he wrote – from philosophical satire to Borges’ short stories and fundamental philosophical works

Oles Maniuk - 15.09.2021
Liberal Arts

Gustavo Adolfo Becquer – this name, unfortunately, is not as familiar to the Ukrainian reader as it deserves. Becquer, however, is considered the most published Spanish-speaking author after Miguel Cervantes. This fact speaks volumes, considering that Don Quixote is the hallmark of the entire Spanish culture.

Huxleў - 14.09.2021
Philosophy

True meanings cannot be external. They are nurtured in silence, in the depths of consciousness. This is a deliberate path. To give birth to something new, a new meaning is the path of the few. It is much easier not to strain and use ready-made templates of society.

Vitaliy Gagauz - 13.09.2021
Liberal Arts

It is very important for a writer not only to be heard by his contemporaries, but also to say something meaningful to his descendants. And with this, Sholem Aleichem clearly worked out – even with the success in our times of productions and films, one can understand from his books that he is quite in demand

Boris Burda - 12.09.2021
Liberal Arts

If you have money, can you buy whatever you need? For various reasons – not always. The most elementary thing – you just didn’t keep track of your expenses and you ran out of money in your pocket? Well, run home? And if you are in another city, and you need money urgently? What to do?

Boris Burda - 11.09.2021
Liberal Arts

A lot speaks about Yaroslav’s outstanding political abilities – first of all, his ability, even after serious failures, to turn the tide in his favor. But there is one more piquant detail – his family affairs did not interfere with his politics at all, rather the opposite

Boris Burda - 05.09.2021
Liberal Arts

At the convention of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1860, a discussion arose about the theory of evolution. The audience was disgruntled, and the speech of Bishop Wilberforce, who harshly and harshly criticized this concept, was listened to with sympathy. In the end, Wilberforce asked the defending Huxley’s theory from whom he descended from a monkey – a grandfather or a grandmother?
What did Huxley say?

Boris Burda - 04.09.2021
Liberal Arts

Every single source – both benevolent to Yaroslav, and not so – note his cunning and prudence, so it seems that this is true. So he started the war with his father with a cunning move, seemingly not very dangerous, but clearly speaking about his intentions – he stopped sending tribute to Kiev

Boris Burda - 29.08.2021
Liberal Arts

A thimble is a useful item in everyday life; many have it. But thimble manufacturers suffered greatly in the middle of the 19th century – the demand for their goods sharply decreased.
Who caused them such losses?

Boris Burda - 28.08.2021
Liberal Arts

Joshua Bell is one of the most prominent and award-winning musicians of our time. He is called a “living legend”. Many people compare his playing with the playing of Niccolo Paganini – the “ideal image” of the violinist in world culture. For those who could not hear the brilliant performance live in Kiev and Odessa, our almanac recommends watching the Oscar-winning film Red Violin, where Bell’s music sounds

Vladislav Mikheev - 26.08.2021
Liberal Arts

There are streets of Kandinsky in Moscow, Odessa and Kiryat Ata (Israel). In Odessa, there is a memorial plaque at 17 Deribasovskaya, where he lived, and a star on our Alley of Stars. Asteroid 2662 and a crater on Mercury are named after him. There are many more – he deserves

Boris Burda - 22.08.2021
Liberal Arts

The Rolls-Royce Company makes aircraft engines, but does not sell them. Nevertheless, quite a lot of aircraft are equipped with them.
Where do aircraft designers get them from – do they steal them, or what?

Boris Burda - 21.08.2021

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