Category Science

Mindbogglingly big

To quote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.” As an illustration, let me present the following image (courtesy […]

How Creationism Turns God Into A Mischievous Demon

    Most arguments against Creationism (and its bastard stepchild “Intelligent Design”) are predicated on its conflict with established fact and its misuse or misunderstanding of science. But that only addresses part of the question, and specifically, the part that those who are invested in the religious perspective are most likely to ignore. But Creationism […]

I don’t do math

How many times have you heard the phrase “I don’t do math.”? Lots, I bet. It’s a common enough sentiment, sometimes stated with pride. On the other hand, I’ve never had anyone tell me, “I don’t do words.” Literacy is considered essential, indeed it’s a marker of how well a country educates its citizens. In […]

Analog vs. Digital

I came across this photograph recently, which got me to thinking. The photo is a reminder of the bad old days of telephony. There is one wire between each house and the central switchboard, and for a town of any sizes, that means a metric buttload of wires. The interesting thing is, it’s very clear […]

It’s not “maybe” any more

Thirty-six years ago, Nature magazine featured an article by J. H. Mercer. It said that if we continued to use fossil fuels and pump CO2 into the air, there was a strong risk that humanity would be responsible for melting the of Antarctic ice sheet. This week, NASA confirmed that we have gone so far […]

Tycho Brahe

I’ve had a minor obsession with Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe for some time now. I decided to write a play about him, and this summer in preparation, I visited his birthplace, the island of Hven where his observatory was located, and his tomb in the Tyn Church in Prague. Tycho’s body has exhumed in 2010 […]

Evolution in Action

You just sat down to dinner, and in addition to that lovely plate of food in front of you, there’s a glass of wine, as well. While that wine makes everything a little more pleasurable, what your body needs is the food and it could get by without the wine at all. Trying to flip […]