This week Dave and Steel are joined by their friend Ryan. Together the trio discusses the limits of human endurance by way of the stories of Ernest Shackleton and Yiannis Kouros, share some conversational anecdotes from old Chip & Dale cartoons, Finnish miltary history, and mathematical outsiders, share some favorite recent music, and drop some wisdom from Danish Scientist Piet Hein.
At the Limits
Dave recommends checking out these two books about Ernest Shackleton, both called Endurance, after the name of Shackleton’s ship:
- Alfred Lansing’s book, a non-fiction account written by a professional historian.
- Frank Arthur Worsley’s book, a first-person memoir written by the Endurance’s commander and Shackleton’s colleague Frank Worsley.
Steel recommends this fascinating 2006 profile of Greek-Australian ultramarathoner Yiannos Kouros from Runner’s World. Kouros also maintains his own website, with more biographical information for the curious.
Donald Duck pulls a handgun on Chip & Dale
Finnish master sniper Simo Häyhä’s wikipedia page.
The recent New Yorker profile on mathematician Yitang Zhang.
Waxahatchee: Under a Rock
London Grammar: Nightcall
Mina Tindle: L’Astrakan