December 18, 2017

Review: Magnificent Principia by Colin Pask

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Thank Newton for orbital mechanics. This week, we’ll take a look at the masterpiece that started all with Magnificent Principia by Colin Pask out from Prometheus Books. Sir Isaac published his Philosphiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica on July 5th, 1687. And although every high school physics student is (or hopefully, should be) familiar with the three laws of motion that it advanced, few have ever actually read the original work. [Read more...]

Review: Why Evolution is True by Jerry A. Coyne

(Editor’s Note: the promised “The Moon Phase & the Gunship” has been nudged a week. Read on, and you’ll see why!)

I vividly remember my first encounter with the concept of evolution.

When I was a kid, about 6 or 7 or so, I was thumbing through a set of glossy encyclopedias (remember, this was pre-Internet!) at a friend’s house, when we came across the now familiar illustration of a knuckle walking ape morphing into a modern man. My friend promptly slammed the book shut at looked straight at me.

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