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A SCIENCE TRIAD

ONE THING to be said for science: It certainly offers a variety of thought. Proof of this comes in every issue of Science, the weekly magazine of the American Association … Continue reading

August 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

TRI-GENERATION—A NEXT STEP IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY

THE UNIVERSITY OF California, Irvine is at the forefront of tri-generation, advanced technology that transforms human waste into hydrogen, electricity, and heat. In many ways, this is a 21st-century version … Continue reading

August 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

KABUKI ART—AND A GREAT NEW SOURCE

I LOVE THE art of Kabuki and find I have much in common with a Frenchman who goes by the name Shôriya Aragôrô. It is he who researches, composes and … Continue reading

August 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

ON HANGING OF VARIOUS SORTS

THE WORD “HANG,” its various tenses and compounds have a multitude of meanings, some commonplace, some anachronistic, some all but forgotten. Merriam-Webster cites no less than eight different definitions for … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

GEOMETRIES OTHER THAN EUCLID’S PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE left geometry in a quandary. Mathematicians were trying to accommodate Euclid’s Fifth Postulate, the one about parallel lines, into 19th-century goals of mathematical rigor. Could it follow from … Continue reading

August 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

GEOMETRIES OTHER THAN EUCLID’S PART 1

FOR TWO THOUSAND years, geometry codified by Euclid, a Greek mathematician who flourished c. 300 B.C., gave a model of reality for the likes of Johannes Kepler, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz, … Continue reading

August 15, 2018 · 2 Comments

HOLMES IN ERROR, GOOSEWISE?

THERE’S CONTROVERSY resulting from Dr. John H. Watson’s chronicling of “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.” The gemstone of this title, belonging to the Countess of Morcar, was allegedly found … Continue reading

August 14, 2018 · Leave a comment