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A shorter, less academic version of this post appears at Cyborgology.
This post follows up on my earlier post about a culture of moderation. Here I want to consider one aspect of this contemporary focus on moderation: the idea of “balance.” We talk about work/life balance, the “balance” between individual freedom and national security, and, as Cyborgology’s Jenny Davis notes, the “balance” between tech use and abstention.
This language of balance was particularly…More →
The third and it-turns-out-not-final installment in a series of posts on the size of the infinite, as described in mathematical set theory. The first post can be read here, and the second here.
I think Buzz Lightyear captures the spirit of this post best:
Who knew that Buzz was such a mathematical philosopher? ”To infinity, and beyond;” that is a concise summary of what we have seen in the first two posts in this series! So far, we have seen that we can…
How a beetle foretold a scientist’s doom:
Scientific researchers often put themselves into harm’s way in the name of discovery. Sometime the danger is really obvious, as it was for volcanologist Frank Perret, who in 1929 found himself in the path of a deadly pyroclastic flow.
Even seemingly innocuous fields of study can thrust a researcher into danger, however. In a terrifying and fascinating story in The Guardian, taxonomist Kipling Will describes how the appearance…
The current issue of Popular Archaeology magazine has an extensive article on our Mt Zion excavation with a focus on the spectacular finds from the 2013 season: At first blush, anyone peering at the site from a distance might think … Continue reading →…More →