Between Two Worlds : Memoirs of a Philosopher-Scientist by Mario Bunge

By Mario Bunge

To plow through the pages of the Autobiography of Mario Bunge is to accompany him via dozens of nations and think about the highbrow, political, philosophical and medical spheres of the final hundred years. it really is an event that oscillates among various worlds: the various and the same, the pro and the personal.

It is a longtime incontrovertible fact that certainly one of his nice loves was once, and nonetheless is, technological know-how. He has regularly been devoted to medical paintings, instructing, learn, and coaching women and men in a number of disciplines. lifestyles classes fall like ripe fruit from this publication, bringing us toward an idea, a philosophical thought, a systematic digression, which had due to the fact that been exposed in several notes, articles or books.

Bunge writes in regards to the existence studies during this e-book with ardour, naturalness and with a colloquial frankness, whether or not they be persecutions, banishment, imprisonment, successes, would-be losses, feelings, relationships, debates, impressions or critiques approximately humans or things.

In his pages we go via the folk with whom he shared a fruitful century of achievements and significant depths of concept. every little thing is remembered with sincerity and humor.

This autobiography is, truthfully, Bunge on Bunge, sharing every little thing that passes throughout the sieve of his reminiscence, as he could say.

Mario’s many grandchildren are a testomony to his proud status as a family members guy, and on the age of ninety six he offers us a ebook for everybody: in the event you price the thoughts that carry the trauma of his existence in addition to in case you percentage his ardour for technology and tradition. additionally, might be, for a few with whom he has had disagreements or controversy, for he nonetheless merits popularity for being a staunch defender of his convictions.

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Josefa, a very nice chubby girl a bit older than me, held my hand crossing the wide avenue, and sometimes helped me do sums. Once she tried to count my ribs, to prove the story that God had made Eve out of one of Adam’s ribs. I was respectful, but did not study much. I preferred playing with the members of my gang, gardening, reading adventure books, and collecting stamps, to relearning the names of Colón’s caravels, the sailor who first saw land, and of the two patriots who distributed cockades with the brand-new national colors – sky-blue and white – among the people who had congregated in front of the Buenos Aires city hall to celebrate the birth of our nation in 1810.

By contrast, his colleague Enrique Butty – regarded as a great scientist because he had claimed to having proved Einstein wrong – was Other Strange Teachers 27 lively and friendly. However, he only came when his many jobs allowed it: he was director of National Public Sanitation, professor of elasticity theory, and dean of the Faculty of Engineering. Fortunately, Jorge Cordero Funes, a talented and generous classmate, tutored some of us once a week at his home. Most of our professors were not interested in teaching, and some of them were frankly incompetent or even grotesque in their behavior.

After the Reconquista died, I stopped visiting Josef. But one Sunday in 1947 he came by surprise to El Ombú while I was chatting with some friends. The talk of the day were the UFOs that, according to reliable sources – such as Jimmy Carter – had been seen in the sky over Roswell, New Mexico. When we asked about them, Josef replied in a matter of fact tone that the report in question was false. He knew, because he had built the only flying saucer there was, which he kept in the courtyard of his house.

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