Category Archives: Science (general)

Human race 2015 Kardashev score

Armed with 2015 data (found on page 40 here, for “Total World”), we can calculate the latest Kardashev score for human civilization. Further, the new data slightly revises previous years estimates, and so I’ll calculate the values for the past … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Theory That Would Not Die

The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes’ Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne If you have a passing familiarity with statistics, you’ve probably come across … Continue reading

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Huffman codes, language, and mythical creatures

Let’s say you’re a telegraph operator, and you can send bits of 0 or 1 down the line one at a time. Each bit has a cost associated with it; the longer the message the more you have to pay. To … Continue reading

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Human race 2014 Kardashev score

In 2012 I calculated the human race’s Kardashev score to be 0.7248 and in 2013 I found 0.7257. BP has now released its report on 2014 data, which can be found here (specifically page 40, “Total World”), which lists total … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn Any exposure to the philosophy of science will at some point cover Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions, somewhere between Popper’s falsificationism and Feyerabend’s methodological anarchism. In part the book is a response to … Continue reading

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2015: Year of the minor planet

It’s been some number of years now since the “demotion” of Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet, according to the new (as of 2006) definition of a planet by the International Astronomical Union. I think most people familiar … Continue reading

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Book Review: What If?

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe For a taste of what’s in What If?, check out Muroe’s TED Talk on the topic: or check out the actual What If? website. I’ll still be here when … Continue reading

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