Monthly Archives: December 2011

Year in Review 2011

I began writing this site in early September, and have since completed 82 posts (including this one). I’ve also started a few series of articles: History of solar system exploration (Astronomy). Intended to cover the successful missions to the various … Continue reading

Posted in General

Better than Average Links – Week of Dec 25, 2011

NextBigFuture looks at tech areas of interest in the next 5 years. What is it like to have an understanding of very advanced mathematics? Kepler is honing in on Earth’s sisters. The European Extremely Large Telescope secures some funding with … Continue reading

Posted in Weekly Links

Winter 2012 term

This upcoming term I’ll be taking: Introduction to Modern Physics Mechanics Introductory Computational Physics Statistical Mechanics Practical Logic The first two are laying the foundation for even more impressive structures (in that they include the basics of relativity, QM, and … Continue reading

Posted in School

Intellectual integrity and the soundness of arguments

I will define intellectual integrity (or at least a large portion of it) to be when one endeavors to always make sound arguments to the best of their ability. Importantly, that involves changing your mind when your arguments lose their … Continue reading

Posted in Rationality

Better than Average Links – Week of Dec 18, 2011

What’s science fiction without some good old fashioned nit-picking? Don’t count on orders of magnitude improvements in batteries. The LHC finds a new composite particle, and Matt Strassler dominates with the details. Entropy and temperature are related, so how about … Continue reading

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Logical Fallacy: Correlation does not necessarily imply causation

This is probably the most well-known of the logical fallacies by the public at large, either by its Latin name post hoc ergo propter hoc (“after this, therefore because of this”) or by the not entirely correct name”correlation does not imply … Continue reading

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Book Review: The World of Carbon

        The World of Carbon by Isaac Asimov. Aimed, perhaps, at a younger audience, The World of Carbon still makes for good general reading. It’s not a textbook so you certainly won’t learn the nitty-gritty of organic chemistry, … Continue reading

Posted in Chemistry, Reviews