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CATEGORY: FQXi Essay Contest - Spring, 2017 [back]
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Author Michael muteru wrote on Jan. 18, 2018 @ 19:07 GMT
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When Beauty runs deeper than the skin, it’s a truth, if the truth adds up to simplicity that’s elegance. After all complexity is the sun total of repeated simplicity & behind every complex system lays a simple beautiful principle that makes it work. Like tortoise carries shell on its back. Do we carry the universe in our heads? I later invoke U-Duality to examine...

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Steven Andresen wrote on Feb. 23, 2018 @ 13:15 GMT
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If you are looking for another essay to read and rate in the final days of the contest, will you consider mine please?

A couple of days in and semblance of my essay taking form, however the house bound inactivity was wearing me. I had just the remedy, so took off for a solo sail across the bay. In the lea of cove, I had underestimated the open water wind strengths. My...

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jing jingboo boo wrote on May. 7, 2018 @ 07:57 GMT
Le diamètre du boîtier 40mm, pas trop petit ou petit, est adapté à la taille de la table de robe. L'épaisseur est seulement 12.65mm et il est facile de cacher dans les poignets de chemise. replique montre L'exécution globale de la boîte de montre répond aux exigences strictes de l'horlogerie de haute qualité. Les versions en or rose et platine sont équipées de jolies lanières en cuir de crocodile et de fermoirs pliants en or. Le cadran des montres transmises est toujours impressionnant. Le cadran principal de 12 heures indique l'heure de la ville natale. Il est décoré de guilloches manuelles sophistiquées et délicates à anneaux multiples, et le petit cadran creux à 8 heures indique le deuxième fuseau horaire. Il y a un autre petit cadran auxiliaire à la position de 10 heures, qui est utilisé pour indiquer le jour / nuit du deuxième fuseau horaire. Le spiral est à 4 heures et est équipé d'un échappement à levier en ligne de haute technologie en silicium et d'un gossamer en silicium Breguet. Le plus attrayant à l'arrière est l'indicateur de réserve de marche unique. Une petite flèche à la fin d'un engrenage en forme replique montre suisse d'éventail indique l'échelle, et maintenant la puissance d'horlogerie est évidemment épuisée. J'aime les arêtes vives et les rectangles du mouvement, ce qui donne à nouveau au mouvement un aspect industriel.

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