"Galileo's Pendulum" is a blog covering physics, astronomy, math, and related topics - all for a non-specialist audience. I am especially interested in showing how science actually works, and how the various conceptual pieces fit together to make the theoretical framework that provides the best description of the natural world.
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[UPDATED! See below.] Anyone who has applied for academic positions, whether teaching or research-focused, knows how bad the job market is right now, and it shows no signs of getting better. While I love writing, a major reason I chose to do it full-time is because I was tired of applying for jobs constantly in […]
The Guardian recently ran a lengthy essay by Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg on the “best science books for non-scientists”. He begins with Aristotle, and proceeds to give a brief overview of popularizations of science. Weinberg might seem like a good candidate for this kind of thing; after all, he has written a number of popular […]
ELEEMOSYNARY, WEST VIRGINIA — In the modern era, it seems chemicals are ubiquitous: in our air, water, even in the food we eat. That problem has many consumers worried, prompting people to take an active part in looking at what they are exposed to on a daily basis. “We’ve actually reached the point where humans […]
[Yeah yeah, I know. I haven’t blogged in ages. I promise it’s because I’m busy with paying work, not because I hate you all.] One of the hallmarks of crackpottery is to invoke the shade of Galileo. The logic goes like this: “Galileo expressed a radical idea and was punished for it; I have a […]
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