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Part 1, which begins our examination of the question 'what is time?' can be viewed here.
Part 2 Some travels through time can be viewed  here.
Part 3 discussing language, sequence and order, can be viewed  here.

A Theory of Time Part 4 : Steno, Foucault and Allais



What, at the Most Fundamental Level, is a Clock?
Part 1, which begins our examination of the question 'what is time?' can be viewed here.
Part 2 Some travels through time can be viewed  here.
A proposed discussion of Foucault's pendulum has been postponed to a later part of this blog series.

A Theory of Time

Interlude
Sun Reaches Quietest Solar Minimum Since 1913


Blankest years of the last century?

I have seen some really good examples of making the data fit the curve,
but this has to be the best ever.  Someone even managed to sneak 2007 and 2008 into the data for last century.

Awesome! Douglas Adams would have been impressed.
Please note: despite the date, this is NOT a joke, gag or spoof.

Supporters of intelligent design and creation theories keep attempting to subvert our education systems.  They will not be content until every child in every school in every country is taught that our planet is only about 6000 years old and that the Bible conveys literal truth.

Now, if you don't want your kids to be brainwashed all the way back to the stone age by some religious extremist, here's what you can do: 

1 - write to your MP, Congressperson or other political figure.  Complain that you do not want your child indoctrinated by a zealot.
Scoop!  ScientificBlogging Exclusive!

Your intrepid investigative reporter can exclusively report the finding of an unpublished complete proof of the Riemann Hypothesis.  The key document was only discovered during a routine stock-taking following the takeover of Scicenceblogs by ScientificBlogging announced earlier.
How bad science can make you feel really good.

There is some really wonderful bad science to be found out there in the wierd world web.  More wonderful than the bad site is the good site that gives insight, laced with humour, into the wierdness of the bad sites.

Phil Plait, the creator of Bad Astronomy, is an astronomer, lecturer, and author.  He is also a very astute observer of human nature and is one very witty dude.  For some moments of absolute hilarity I strongly recommend his blog Bad Astronomy and especially crankocentrism.