Category Archives: Science

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Unintelligent Design”


Unintelligent Design. By Mark Perakh. Amherst, MA: Prometheus Books, 2003. This fine book offers a powerful and sustained critique of the creationism argument versus evolutionary theory, especially the most recent iteration of “intelligent design” which has been politically but not … Continue reading

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Setting Course for the Red Planet: Early Flyby Missions to Mars


Robotic exploration of Mars has been one of the persistent efforts of the space age. It began, just as lunar exploration had, in a race between the United States and the Soviet ­Unionto see who would be the first to … Continue reading

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Considering the Moon


What is it about the Moon that captures the fancy of humankind? A silvery disk hanging in the night sky, it conjures up images of romance and magic. It has been counted upon to foreshadow important events, both of good … Continue reading

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Three Zones of the Solar System


With the success of the New Horizon’s spacecraft visiting Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, it seemed appropriate to discuss hte major zones of the solar system. The solar system consists of the Sun and the objects bound to it through … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Breaking the Time Barrier”


Breaking the Time Barrier: The Race to Build the First Time Machine. By Jenny Randles. New York: Paraview Pocket Books, 2005. I adore books like this, stretching one’s concepts beyond their comfort zone to consider new possibilities. At the same … Continue reading

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Wedesday’s Book Review: “Infinite in All Directions”


Infinite in All Directions: Gifford Lectures Given at Aberdeen, Scotland, April-November 1985. By Freeman J. Dyson. New York: Harper and Row, 1988. Although this book has been available for more than 25 years, I recently reread it and found it … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Antarctic Destinies”


Antarctic Destinies: Scott, Shackleton, and the Changing Face of Heroism. By Stephanie Barczewski. London, UK: Hambledon Continuum, 2007. I have been interested in Antarctic exploration for many years and have read a broad range of books. Antarctic Destinies is focused … Continue reading

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Remembering a Great Adventure: The First Circumlunar Mission


After a piloted orbital mission to test the Apollo equipment in October 1968, on December 21, 1968, Apollo 8 took off atop a Saturn V booster from the Kennedy Space Center with three astronauts aboard—Frank Borman, James A. Lovell Jr., … Continue reading

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Great Picture of the Earth from Saturn


This is very cool. This is a rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and a faint hint of the Moon. Note the arrow pointing … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Picturing the Cosmos”


Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime. By Elizabeth A. Kessler. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. Abbreviations, acknowledgments, notes, illustrations, bibliography, index. ISBN: 978-0-8166-7957-7. Paperback, $29.95 USD. There is no astronomical instrument better known worldwide … Continue reading

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