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The Mental Floss blog is having a Tournament of Genius instead. Thomas Jefferson was pitted against Bill James in round 1 (Division II) and came out on top - we'll see how he does against John Stuart Mill in Round 2...More >>
Well, it's the 144th birthday of Paul Leicester Ford. I know you're asking, who the heck's that guy? (Or maybe you're not, if you work at the Papers of Thomas Jefferson/Retirement Series ). But perhaps you don't know about all the fascinating and cool things he did, so I'll tell you: published his...More >>
The Bradford pear trees are blooming this week (at least I think they're Bradford pear trees, but I have been known to misidentify plants), and for once on the first official day of the season it actually seems like said season. Just in time for all this, there's a new book from the University of Virginia Press: Historic Virginia Gardens: Preservation WoMore >>
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I've already mentioned this book in a previous blog post, but this blogger's discussion of David G. Post's In Search of Jefferson's Moose is so interesting I feel compelled to point it out. If this subject interests you in the least, it's well worth a look. Although I love a good Jefferson quote as...More >>
And by "extravaganza" I mean "two book reviews in one issue." In the latest Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (vol. 117 no. 1): Douglas L. Wilson reviews Kevin Hayes' book, The Road to Monticello (review-o-meter: Wilson thinks the book is too long. The word "leaden" is used.) Catherine...More >>
Just arrived inexplicably on our desk the other day ( Museum Shop ? Is that you, sending us presents?) - another book on Jefferson's relevance to today's issues of new technologies, intellectual property, and the laws that govern them: In Search of Jefferson's Moose: Notes on the State of...More >>
American Scientist is getting a lot of mileage out of Jefferson lately. In the March-April 2009 issue of American Scientist , mathematician Lawren Smithline helps out the folks at the Papers of Thomas Jefferson by decoding a supposedly-unbreakably-encoded message sent to Jefferson by Philadelphia smarty-pants Robert Patterson in 1801.More >>
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... Thomas Jefferson made what's considered to be the first American contribution to vertebrate paleontology. Wired.com has the story , and notes that 52 years after Jefferson's scientific accomplishment, Abraham Lincoln made his own technical triumph, becoming the only U.S. president to patent an...More >>
Most quotations we're asked about sound nothing like Thomas Jefferson, but since I can't pin down their true source, they sort of hang frustratingly out there in Quotation Limbo. So it gives me great satisfaction to be able to actually run one to ground once in a while. I just laid this one to rest...More >>
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Though Thomas Jefferson was always reluctant to reveal his religious beliefs in public, today believers and nonbelievers alike often cite his words. Starting April 1, an excerpt from a letter Jefferson wrote on the subject to his nephew will appear on Seattle bus advertisements. A column in today's...More >>
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