Fantastic speech. It even touches on the fact that despite being potentially the smartest man on the planet, Newton believed in some pretty silly things too — not because he came to the conclusions intellectually, but because they were the mode of the time. Hat tip Troythulu.
Monthly Archive: March 2011
Mar 18 2011
Seriously, a disproportionate number of blog hits are going to an old post wherein I syndicated from my Formspring account a bunch of random Formspring questions. It’s not particularly interesting, or informative, or even remotely deep. But it’s got almost four times as many hits as the next most read post, due to its high …
Mar 17 2011
Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a SUPERMOOOOOOON!! I have written at some length about the moon, with its wobble called libration, and how its elliptical orbit means that it varies in its distance to us between roughly 360,000km and 406,000km. That’s a difference of ~46,000km, or about …
Mar 17 2011
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Mar 15 2011
You heard it here first. Now that they’ve shot down statements of scientific fact about climate change, Americans should probably go tether themselves to anchored objects.
Mar 15 2011
So what the hell am I doing in Nova Scotia, knowing that I’m a sinner? I ought to get me to someplace on the Ring of Fire so God’s smiting hand can actually reach me. Seriously, WTF. The user, TamTamPamela, closed her account. So you don’t get the full effect of the ten minutes of …
Mar 14 2011
Our Lady of Perpetual Win, Stephanie Zvan, begins a painful but much-needed examination of rape myths, beginning with Rape Myth 1: “She’s Probably Lying.” The standard figure passed around by victim advocates suggests a rate of false reports of 8% based on FBI crime statistics from 1997. This is comparable to rates for other crimes. …
Mar 13 2011
This is a story about meteorites. Well, meteorites, and life. WELL, meteorites, life, and totally misleading headlines. I know what you’re thinking. No, this isn’t about the Orgueil meteorite, which in the 19th century caused a ruckus when a conman embedded some grass seeds in it and claimed it proved exobiology. Nor is it about …
Mar 12 2011
In the wake of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit yesterday off the coast of Japan, causing a giant tsunami, three nuclear plants are now compromised. They may not cause radiation leaks, depending on the engineering of the plants, but there’s a possibility. Dr. Michio Kaku discusses the worst-case scenarios. They’re not Chernobyl, because Chernobyl …
Mar 09 2011
Captains’ log. Har har.