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    My eclipse story

    Totality, here we come! (Yes that’s a penguin in the background. His name is Roger. He travels with us. I forgot to get glasses for him) I WE LEFT ATLANTA late Sunday afternoon, in search of a shadow. We ate dinner on the way and arrived in Blairsville in time to swim for an hour. The […]

    The end of the world (of facts)

    IN MY VIEW, facts are divine gifts, fixed points in an ever-turbulent world. But these days facts are slipping through our fingers, as anyone who keeps up with the news can tell you. It’s happening in politics and religion, yes, but also in science, and in increasingly blatant ways. A few months ago I posed a […]

    The big one is coming

    Total solar eclipse of November 2012, photographed from Queensland, Australia. Click image to enlarge THE INTERNETS OVERHYPE everything, and everything includes astronomical events. Take, for example, last month’s full moon-eclipse-comet incident. Online media had a whale of a time with that one, with headlines national and otherwise trumpeting it as a Triple Treat, a Stargazer’s Delight, a […]

    Yes, quantum physics is weird, but let’s not lose our senses

    Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment designed to point out the silliness of over-interpreting quantum mechanics. It was devised in 1935. Alas: the silliness remains This Atlantic article was published back in April but it has come to my attention only recently. Two friends have independently sent it to me in the last month and asked […]

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