Friday, February 27, 2015

Seminar, Hotel Condesa df, Colonia Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico

Antonio Quiroz-Gutierrez hosts a seminar at the Condesa.  Topics included Aztec herbal medicine, Schrodinger's cat, and Gell-Mann's Tiger and the Quark.


Torreblanca Mansion, Colonia Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico

This mansion belonged to Fernando Torreblanco, personal secretary to Álvaro Obregón, and Hortensia Elias Calles. It was designed by engineer Manuel Luis Stampa. The mansión is now the el Fideicomiso Archivos Plutarco Elías Calles y Fernando Torreblanca (FAPECyFT), which houses many documents related to the country’s history after the Mexican Revolution.

Great grandaughter of Calles, Prof. Rolando Jimenez

Mexsi Bocu, Colonia Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico

Great steaks, cute name, outdoor dining in heart of Art Deco district.

Calle Durango No. 359

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Museum of Anthropology, Chapultepec Park, Mexico City, Mexico

This is Mexico's finest showpiece and one of the World's great museums.

Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Zacatenco, Mexico City, Mexico

The Instituto Politécnico Nacional (National Polytechnic Institute) was founded in 1936.  I gave a lecture to senior scientists on nanotechnology applied to water remediation.  My host, Antonio Quiroz-Gutierrez, brought a reprint copy of the 1552 Aztec herbal manuscript, Libellus de Medicinalibus Indorum Herbis, recently returned in 1990 to Mexico from Italy after 400 years sequestration.  Some of the plants listed use natural nanotech mechanisms to adsorb oil spill ingredients.  Antonio's copy was a reprint published for members of the Parliament.

earthquake support structure, post 1985


lecture room

Libellus de Medicinalibus Indorum Herbis

reprinted Aztec botanical publication 1552