Monthly Archives: June 2012

Book Review: Relativity Visualized

Relativity Visualized by Lewis Carroll Epstein This short book is filled with diagrams and illustrations, as the Visualized in its name would imply. That’s important and useful for the following reason which I first heard from Sanjoy Mahajan: The visual system … Continue reading

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Book Review: From Falling Bodies to Radio Waves

From Falling Bodies to Radio Waves: Classical Physicists and Their Discoveries by Emilio Segre The era of classical physics has a reign of about 300 years, from the late 1500s to the late 1800s, with the year 1900 or there abouts … Continue reading

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Book Review: Of Time and Space and Other Things

Of Time and Space and Other Things by Isaac Asimov Unlike the previous F&SF collections, this volume doesn’t divide up the chapters into science headings like Physics, Biology, Mathematics, etc., but rather just two broad categories: “Of Time and Space” and … Continue reading

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Top500 June 2012 list

I like to track various measures of our civilization’s scientific and technological capabilities, from the number of exoplanets discovered to the amount of data collected by LHC experiments. In computing, I use the Top500 list of supercomputers, ranked by their … Continue reading

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History of solar system exploration: Pluto and its Moons

Pluto was discovered in 1930 and its largest moon Charon (they’re almost better thought of as a double-world system) in 1978. The even smaller Nyx, Hydra, and S/2001 P 1 (provisional name) are all from the last decade. Of all … Continue reading

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History of solar system exploration: Neptune and its Moons

Neptune is the “newest” of the major worlds, only being discovered in 1846 after theoretical predictions were made given irregularities in the orbit of Uranus. Its observation was a triumph of Newtonian gravitation theory, a feat that was tried again … Continue reading

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Midway through 2012, the LHC is performing well

A barn is a unit of area, measuring and is used in high-energy physics in reference to the cross-sectional area of a nuclear interaction (think of the particles as balls that have some cross-sectional area, but don’t think about it … Continue reading

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