March 21, 2019

Review: Voyager by Stephen J. Pyne.

Ours may be an age of discovery like no other. This week, we look at Voyager: Seeking Newer Worlds in the Third Great Age of Discovery, by Stephen J. Pyne, out July 26th, 2010 from Viking Press. This fascinating work delves into the Voyager series of spacecraft missions from a unique perspective, juxtaposing it as a symbol of the third great age of exploration and drawing historical parallels and contrasts with past great expeditions of discovery.

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Reading in the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene.

This week, we journey into the realm of the neurological here at Astroguyz. Don’t worry; like we do with everything in life, this one will have a cosmic twist…

Our ability to read is a fundamental mystery of our brain and how we’re wired. Think about it; (pun intended) we’ve been human for millions of years, but only had written language for the last few thousand. Evolution and natural selection seldom work on such short time scales; obviously, our brain has learned to co-opt some of the pre-existing skills towards the ability to communicate and decipher language. But just how does the brain perform this lengthy interpretive act? [Read more...]