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No one disturbs his fellow men with a new view unpunished.- Ernest Mach, "A New Sense", quoted in Edmund Bolles, Galileo's Commandment, p. 27 ...

Blog Post - Michael White - Jun 20 2009 - 6:00am

Save The Date: AAAS Symposium On Communicating Science to the Public August 17th 2009

If you happen to be in the San Francisco metropolitan area the week of August 16th, 2009 and can't get enough science, I'll be emcee'ing a symposium on communicating science to the public at the 90th Annual Meeting of the AAAS pacific region ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Jun 22 2009 - 12:43pm

The Bookworm And The Encyclopedias- The Solution

The Bookworm And The Encyclopedias- The Solution Last Monday I posed a simple math puzzle: A set of 10 encyclopedias is sitting on a bookshelf in left-to-right numerical order. Each single volume contains 1,000 pages.     A bookworm eats its way directly ...

Blog Post - Patrick Lockerby - Jun 22 2009 - 5:25pm

Morning Science Quote

All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.- Locke, Essay Concerning Human Understanding Book IV, Ch. 20, sec. 17 ...

Blog Post - Michael White - Jun 23 2009 - 6:05am

Morning Science Quote

When you turn the resources of modern science to the problem of killing people, you realize how vulnerable they really are.- Physicist I.I. Rabi, quoted in Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, p. 779 ...

Blog Post - Michael White - Jun 24 2009 - 6:05am

The Evocative Power Of Language

The Evocative Power Of Language Most philosophical studies of how language functions have focused on semantics- how language conveys meaning.  In ordinary speech, language is not confined to the transmission of information.  It can be used to evoke strong ...

Blog Post - Patrick Lockerby - Jun 24 2009 - 11:38am

Morning Science Quote

By honest I don't mean that you only tell what's true. But you make clear the entire situation. You make clear all the information that is required for somebody else who is intelligent to make up their mind.      - Richard Feynman "Cargo Cu ...

Blog Post - Michael White - Jun 25 2009 - 6:05am

When logic falls through, do we demand follow through?

The world doesn't always make sense. Witness Mike's blog post on some convoluted language in a news story. I understand that people make mistakes- I do all the time. My personal philosophy is honesty is always the best policy, and if you're ...

Blog Post - Becky Jungbauer - Jun 25 2009 - 10:08am

Rise Of The Nerd-izzle

Q. Who said this? "I have only two passions- space exploration and hip-hop." A. Buzz Aldrin, space exploration pioneer, on Apollo 11, second person to walk on the moon, 79-year-old white dude. I thought this was a joke when I first saw the postin ...

Article - Becky Jungbauer - Jun 25 2009 - 4:39pm

Morning Science Quote

Improvement makes strait roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.- William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Proverbs of Hell #66 ...

Blog Post - Michael White - Jun 30 2009 - 6:05am