Who said literature has no real power to affect history? Not Bolaño — for him, literature is an unnervingly protean, amoral force with **uncanny** powers of self-invention, self-justification and self-mythification. The mythmakers, he suggests, certainly do matter.

— Stacy D'Erasmo, in "The Sound and the Führer" in

I phoned Prince out of the blue, hummed a melody, and he listened," ... "I hung up, and he came over within the hour. He listened again, and I said, 'Do you hate it?' He said, 'No,' and walked over to the synthesizers that were set up, was absolutely brilliant for about twenty five minutes, and then left. He was so **uncanny**, so wild, he spoiled me for every band I've ever had because nobody can exactly re-create not even with two piano players-what Prince did all by his little self.

— (on "Stand Back")

Men who shrink from penetration of the female body are paralyzed by justifiable apprehension, since they are returning to our **uncanny** site of origin.

— p. 79 ("No Law in the Arena: A Pagan Theory of Sexuality")

One of the most frequently mentioned equations was Euler's equation, Respondents called it "the most profound mathematical statement ever written"; "**uncanny** and sublime"; "filled with cosmic beauty "; and "mind-blowing". Another asked: "What could be more mystical than an imaginary number interacting with real numbers to produce nothing ?" The equation contains nine basic concepts of mathematics once and only once in a single expression. These are: e (the base of natural logarithms); the exponent operation; ?; plus (or minus, depending on how you write it); multiplication; imaginary numbers; equals; one; and zero.

— Robert P. Crease, in "The greatest equations ever" at PhysicsWeb (October 2004)

One of the most frequently mentioned equations was Euler 's equation, Respondents called it "the most profound mathematical statement ever written"; "**uncanny** and sublime"; "filled with cosmic beauty "; and " mind -blowing". Another asked: "What could be more mystical than an imaginary number interacting with real numbers to produce nothing ?" The equation contains nine basic concepts of mathematics once and only once in a single expression. These are: e (the base of natural logarithms); the exponent operation; ?; plus (or minus, depending on how you write it); multiplication; imaginary numbers; equals; one; and zero.

— Robert P. Crease, in "The greatest equations ever" at PhysicsWeb (October 2004)

Interestingly, modern science has estimated that the age of the earth is about 4 billion years. Scholars feel it is **uncanny** that the Vedic Aryans could have conceived of such a vast span of time over 3,500 years ago that would be similar to the same figure estimated by science today.

— Dr. Subhash Kak,

I spoke to over 140 songwriters whose work Presley recorded, and most remarked about his **uncanny** ability to capture the essence and make it his own; like a musical geneticist, he drew from every strand of DNA in a songwriter's work, which ultimately helped shape his own distinctive personal interpretation; just listen to the wide stylistic swath of genre-hopping material he recorded during his career … you can hear the breath of a master stylist who breathed new life into every song he cut.

— Ken Sharp, in the introduction to "Writing for the King : The Songs and Writers Behind Them" (2006)

The absolute scholar is in fact a rather **uncanny** being. He is instinct with Nietzsche's finding that to be interested in something, to be totally interested in it, is a libidinal thrust more powerful than love or hatred, more tenacious than faith or friendship — not infrequently, indeed, more compelling than personal life itself. Archimedes does not flee from his killers, he does not even turn his head to acknowledge their rush into his garden when he is immersed in the algebra of conic sections.

— "The Cleric of Treason"

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