Monthly Archives: February 2012

Book Review: Only a Trillion

Only A Trillion by Isaac Asimov. Only a Trillion predates Asimov’s more numerous F&SF essay collections (the first of which being Fact and Fancy which I recently reviewed) and has a focus on large numbers, nuclear physics, and biochemistry. The title … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Science (general)

History of solar system exploration: Jupiter and its Moons

Now that we’ve reached the outer solar system, I have to make a decision: Do I cover each planetary system as a unit or do I do an article for each individual “world”? We can exclude all the smaller moons … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy

Book Review: Fact and Fancy

Fact and Fancy by Issac Asimov. Isaac Asimov wrote a monthly science essay column for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (F&SF) and the book Fact and Fancy collects the first seventeen of those essays, dating from between 1959 … Continue reading

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History of solar system exploration: Ceres

My criterion for which bodies are included in this series isn’t set in stone. I’ve used the flimsy term “world” to basically mean spherical or near-spherical objects. Thus we go to the “4.5th” planet, Ceres. Ceres has the technical classification … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy

History of solar system exploration: Mars

  Because of high concentrates of iron oxide (rust), Mars appears to us as and is often called the Red Planet. Water exists in ice form on Mars and almost certainly existed in liquid water in ages passed, meaning that … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy

Better than Average Links – Week of Jan 29, 2012

RĂ©sonaances looks at some analyses of full 2011 datasets from the CMS experiment at the LHC, with no significant excesses found. An interesting look at a philosophy of physics workshop, focusing on quantum field theory. The Planetary Society looks at … Continue reading

Posted in Weekly Links

Book Review: The Innovator’s Dilemma

The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton Christensen. Why does it seem that so few big companies successfully catch the wave of new technologies and stumble as a result? Is it … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Technology