Quirks & Quarks's second episode ever is only being
broadcast in its entirety in the Atlantic Provinces. Why? CBC Radio is
airing baseball playoffs. "In the order of priorities, Quirks & Quarks
must give way to more important things, like the World Series,"
explains host David Suzuki. This program therefore deviates from its
usual format, featuring only two interviews: Donald Manesis on his
mathematical solution to "the mystery of God," and U of T professor Bob
Logan on his unusual Poetry of Physics class.
Professor Robert Logan taught his Poetry of Physics class at the
University of Toronto from the early 1970s until his retirement in 2005.
After he began teaching this class, his research areas evolved from
physics to linguistics (specifically the origins and evolution of
language) and the social impact and history of media. He collaborated
with media theorist Marshall McLuhan in 1977, when they wrote a paper
together called "Alphabet, Mother of Invention."
• Elaborating on this paper, Logan published a highly regarded book in 1986 called The Alphabet Effect: The Impact of the Phonetic Alphabet on the Development of Western Civilization. The New York Times called it "an often absorbing review of the evolution of written language."
The Boston Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds were the two teams playing
in the 1975 World Series finals. Cincinnati won the series, four games
to three. In 2003, ESPN ranked the 1975 World Series the second-greatest
World Series ever (with the 1991 World Series between the Twins and
Braves ranking first). The rankings were made based on "factors like
drama, number of close games, memorable moments and length of the
Program: Quirks & Quarks
Broadcast Date: Oct. 15, 1975
Guest(s): Bob Logan, Donald Manesis
Host: David Suzuki
Last updated: January 27, 2012
Page consulted on March 29, 2012
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