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Monthly Archives: January, 2017

THE PERIL TO EARTHBOUND ASTRONOMY

PITY POOR Earthbound astronomers. Their telescopes have to gaze through more than haze. Other perils include L.E.D. street lighting, the Internet and then there is the prospect of autonomous cars. … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

CROWD-COUNT CROWING

IN THESE DAYS OF alternative facts, I realize that anything scientific may be a hard sell to some. However, recent brouhahas over counting people make this an irresistible topic of … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

MAKING AMERICA GREAT—AND TASTY TOO!

FOR THE FIRST time in its 15th biennial existence, the Bocuse d’Or, the Olympics of international chefdom, has been won by an American team. Head Chef Mathew Peters and his … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

A MOCKING APOLOGY

RECENTLY I mentioned the Wizard of Oz in an item On Satire, Self-Inflicted and Otherwise. In retrospect, after more research, I owe an apology to the Wizard. True, the Wizard … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · 4 Comments

EXPLORING RATIONALITY, PART 2

IN MY CONTINUING exploration of rationality, I offer the completed Decimal Exploration table of rational numbers 1/2 through 1/17 expressed in decimal form. Sorry about 1/17. I cannot speak for … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · 3 Comments

EXPLORING RATIONALITY, PART 1

THE WORD “RATIONAL” is wondrous. One meaning is “having reason or understanding, balanced.” Another, in mathematics, describes the ratio of two numbers, a fraction. In my continuing fractional fun, here … Continue reading

January 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

WATSON’S WAR WOUND

THERE’S A LOT OF scholarship, some of it contradictory, regarding the war wound of Dr. John H. Watson, chronicler of the world’s greatest consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. Exactly where was … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

THE (MIS?)RULE OF THUMB

I RECENTLY posted a Facebook comment mentioning “rule of thumb” as contrasted with more scientific methods of measurement. Think crowd size, for instance. Before doing so, I felt compelled to … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

MASSIMINO AND THE HUBBLE

THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE “stands right up there with the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China as one of the great engineering triumphs in human history.” This assessment comes … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

FRACTIONS CAN BE MEATY—SO SLEEP ON IT

MATH FUN CAN appear in the oddest places: in quick-food marketing or in mattress sales, to name two. McDonald’s was ahead of its time in 1972 with supersizing a hamburger … Continue reading

January 21, 2017 · 2 Comments