Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and a science communicator. He, without any doubt, inspired many people to be curious about the universe. No one will ever match his talent as the “gatekeeper of scientific credibility”. No one has ever explained space, in all its bewildering glory, as well as Sagan did. […]Read more "10 TIMES CARL SAGAN LITERALLY BLEW OUR MINDS"
It has become common practice for historians of science to admonish people who use the term scientist when applied to people who lived before the nineteenth century. They point out, correctly, that the word was first coined by Cambridge polymath William Whewell in 1833 at the British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in […]Read more "Why there weren’t any scientists before the late nineteenth century."
The Mysterious 137 If you have ever read Cargo Cult Science by Richard Feynman, you know that he believed that there were still many things that experts, or in this case, physicists, did not know. One of these ‘unknowns’ that he pointed out often to all of his colleagues was the mysterious number 137. This […]Read more "The Mysterious 137"
Feynman on Hawking Several conversations that Feynman and I had involved the remarkable abilities of other physicists. In one of these conversations, I remarked to Feynman that I was impressed by Steven Hawking’s ability to do path integration in his head. Ahh, that’s not so great, Feynman replied. It’s much more interesting to come up […]Read more "Al Seckel On Feynman"
When Ernest Sternglass walked up the steps at 112 Mercer Street in April 1947, he knew it would not be a normal day. Like a church deacon summoned to meet the Pope, Sternglass—a 23-year-old researcher at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Washington, D.C.—had arrived in Princeton, N.J., at the invitation of its most renowned resident, […]Read more "Einstein’s Lost Hypothesis"