The Curious Wavefunction
Musings on science, history, philosophy and literature
Galton's "Hereditary Genius" (1871)
As someone who loved collecting vintage books, I was stoked to acquire a first American edition of Francis Galton's pioneering book “He...
John Polkinghorne's "Belief in God in an Age of Science"
A book I have been enjoying recently is John Polkinghorne's "Belief in God in an Age of Science." Polkinghorne who died recent...
Tolman, “The Principles of Statistical Mechanics, Chapter 1, Part 1
Survey of classical mechanics: Generalized coordinates and momenta. Lagrangian equations. Derivation of Hamilton’s equations from Lagrangian...
100 Desert Island Books
Finally got around to making that "100 books I would want on a desert island" list. Another title would be "100 books that I ...
Brenner, von Neumann and Schrödinger
Erwin Schrödinger's book, "What is Life"?, inspired many scientists like Crick, Watson and Perutz to go into molecular biology...
Two weeks ago, outside a coffee shop near Los Angeles, I discovered a beautiful creature, a moth. It was lying still on the pavement and I w...
Book Review: Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology
I n the 19th century it was coal and steel, in the 20th century it was oil and gas, what will it be in the 21st century? The answer, accordi...
A Science Thanksgiving
It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in the U.S., and there’s an informal tradition on Thanksgiving to give thanks for all kinds of things in our ...
Book review: A Divine Language: Learning Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus at the Edge of Old Age, by Alec Wilkinson
A beautifully written account of mathematics lost and found. The author got "estranged" from mathematics in school and now, at th...
Temple Grandin vs algebra
There's a rather strange article by Temple Grandin in the Atlantic, parts of which had me vigorously nodding my head and parts of which...
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