Ode to a Dreamer of Dreams

Dear Dr. Sacks, Like the late Carl Sagan, you have a gentle way of magnifying everything into brilliant resolution and reminding us of our place in the universe. I always look forward to reading your books and opinion pieces, as you put which things matter into perspective. Last month, I was quite delighted to read …

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Top Ten Favorite Scientists

I was recently asked to make a list of my top ten favorite scientists, and after some deliberation, these are the people I chose: Richard Feynman: While Feynman made outstanding contributions to our understanding of quantum physics and to the Manhattan project, he is perhaps most remembered for his teaching as evidenced by the still-beloved …

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Should Falsifiability Be Put to Rest?

Falsifiability is a beautiful notion in that it allows us to empirically determine the scientific basis for a given theory. In other words, if a theory offers no testable predictions, then that theory has no place in the canon of science. As of late, some scientists have adopted the view that such a criterion is …

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A Wrinkle in Time: Building a Black Hole for Interstellar

Adam Rogers recently wrote a beautiful piece for Wired discussing how astrophysicist Kip Thorne's equations helped to create a scientifically realistic black hole model. Rogers explains, "Thorne sees truth. Nolan, the consummate image maker, sees beauty." His words remind me of the closing lines of John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn": 'Beauty is truth, …

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The Creative Power of Destruction

Today, I ran into a beloved biochemistry professor of mine at the groundbreaking ceremony for UGA's new Science Learning Center. I told him about a book I'm reading called Life Unfolding: How the Human Body Creates Itself by Jamie Davies and about how Chapter 17 began with a quote off a car bumper sticker: "Support bacteria--they're the …

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Through the Looking Glass of Science

  "The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one's eyes." ―George Sand "To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." ―William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence" "If you're …

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Friday the 13th Brings Full Honey Moon

Triskaidekaphobics may be staying indoors this Friday, but this Friday the 13th also brings a beautiful celestial event. This Friday the 13th will coincide with a full honey moon, which will reach full moon phase at 12:13 a.m. EDT on Friday morning for eastern North America. However, its honey hues will shine most brightly in the early …

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