Category Archives: Science

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Evolution vs. Creationism”


Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction. By Eugenie C. Scott. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. For many years the author of this book, Eugenie C. Scott, oversaw the activities of the National Center for Science Education. In that capacity she … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Intimate Universality”


Intimate Universality: Local and Global Themes in the History of Climate and Weather. Edited by James Rodger Fleming, Vladimir Jankovic, and Deborah R. Coen. Sagamore Beach: MA: Science History Publications, 2006. Although nearly a decade old now, Intimate Universality is a … Continue reading

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A Revolution in Cosmology?


Only five centuries ago, not even the blink of an eye in time when compared to the age of the universe, humanity’s vision extended but a little beyond Saturn. Our ancestors envisioned a universe both limited and orderly. The telescope … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Edge of Physics”


The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth’s Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe. By Anil Ananthaswamy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. The author of The Edge of Physics claims that the study of physics is in crisis, … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Discovery of Global Warming”


The Discovery of Global Warming. By Spencer Weart. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004, rev. ed. 2008. A centrally important study in the vital center of debate about studies of global warming is Spencer Weart’s The Discovery of Global Warming, … Continue reading

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Announcing a National Academies Presentation: “Our Place in the Universe, As Seen Through Past, Present, and Future Telescopes”


Our Place in the Universe, As Seen Through Past, Present, and Future Telescopes “What is our place in Universe?” Throughout human history, astronomy has repeatedly overthrown our understanding of this question and new telescopes and astronomers continue to do so. … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “A Single Sky”


David P. D. Munns. A Single Sky: How an International Community Forged the Science of Radio Astronomy. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2013. x + 247 pp., illus., acknowledgments, list of abbreviations, notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 978-0-262-01833-3. $34.00, £23.95 (hardcover). In … Continue reading

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Whither Space Astronomy?


The space age provided astronomers an opportunity to expand research far beyond the capabilities offered by ground-based observatories of earlier eras. During the 1960s they began using space-based technology to enhance humanity’s understanding of the universe. In addition to greatly enhanced … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Body Politic”


The Body Politic: The Battle over Science in America. By Jonathan D. Moreno. New York: Bellevue Literary Press, 2011. There are powerful debates in the land, debates over science and policy, over philosophy and knowledge, 07over the nature of the … Continue reading

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The NACA, World War II, and Jet Aviation


The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) entered the effort to achieve victory in World War II by pursuing aeronautical R&D across a broad front. Overall, the NACA was justifiably pleased with its contributions in terms both of applied and fundamental … Continue reading

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