On November 10, 2013 In Astronomy, Big Bang, Climate Change, Education, Einstein, History, Inventions, Multiverse, Nonfiction Reviews, quantum levitation, Relativity, Standard Model, String Theory, Universe
A2 + B2 = C2 and E = mc2 and these = more than you think. So is the premise behind In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations that Changed the World, which aims to bring the mystifying world of mathematics into the world the knowns.
Research papers require thesis statements. For some reason, no matter how often I give examples, explain what a thesis statement is in class, and provide resources like UNC’s guide to thesis statements, most of my students still don’t get it. A good thesis statement is not a subject, a question, or ambiguous; it is a
I’m always surprised to find that many of my students have never heard of Google Books. If I want good information, I almost never use a general search on Google first, that is, unless it is currently a trending topic. Google Books can help narrow down credible sources in a short amount of time.
“A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” ~ Carl Sagan, Cosmos (Ep.11) “The Persistence of Memory.”
On October 10, 2013 In 3 for Thursday, Atheism, Creationism, Education, Evangelicalism, Evolution, Politics, Religion Surveys, Secular Humanism, Self-Awareness
I’m a sucker for a new religion survey, especially when the world of religion appears to be changing fast and data is turned around at the drop of the hat. In the last few weeks, a few important surveys have been released that are shedding important light on the world of religion, especially in
This last week, my newest post “Students of Religion Are Not Necessarily Religious,” went up at Toledo Faith and Values (our local hub of the Religion News Service). According to a new study, religion among college students is divided three ways, and the “nones” (unaffiliated) are dominating the demographic.
Nothing creates great stories like horrible public apologies that only make things worse. We all have to make apologies at some point in life and hopefully we avoid the stereotypical non-apology of “I’m sorry if you have a problem with what I’ve said.” There are times when apologies belie bigger problems, like deeply-rooted sexism,
A short while back, Mother Jones ran a piece on privatized prisons that keep the money coming in when crime rates are lower. Occupancy rates are written into the contracts, leaving privatized prisons to make deals, including “mandating that local or state government keep those facilities between 80 and 100 percent full. In other