Labor pains–Piper Harron’s mathematics thesis

I’ve recommended a lot of books to people over the years for their various merits. I’m recommending that everyone read Piper Harron’s PhD thesis for many of the same reasons. This piece is a primal scream of human struggle and is recognizable to anyone whose ambitions have ever been cut …

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The Women in Science Reading List: The Twenty Best (And Four Not Best) Books To Read and Own

When I first started collecting biographies of female scientists, I thought the genre, thanks to the historical and systemic neglect of the subject matter, would be fun to collect and relatively easy to complete.  Some Curie, some Meitner, a Franklin or two, and done.  Six years later, and my shelves …

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High luminosity windows

If you are going to be in Washington D.C.  between February 1 and July 18 of 2016 go see Jonathan Feldschuh‘s art exhibit at the National Academy of Sciences. Feldschuh is a working data scientist and artist with an undergraduate degree in physics from Harvard. The artist expresses his appreciation …

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Art of the Gaps: What is the origin of life on Earth?

Part of being human is having the drive to question the mysteries of the world around us. That questioning has led us to many answers over the millenia. Some of the biggest gaps in human knowledge have been answered by arbitrary communal consensus. These diverse myths and stories entertained and …

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Earth Rising

The full image of the painting can be seen if you scroll down in this post. This is a Patreon supported art and science project. If you like art like this please consider pledging here. This painting started out as being a project solely about the LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) …

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8 Comets, 2500 Nebulae: Caroline Herschel’s Century of Astronomy

In 2092, if there are still humans on our planet to look and to see, a comet will appear in the night sky that has not been viewed since 1939, and will not be seen again until the twenty third century.  It was first noted against the stellar background by …

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AI: Can Art Make You Healthier?

How did I miss this? A study at UC Berkeley “shows that positive emotions — such as awe, content, pride and joy — are beneficial for human health and the immune system.” Two separate experiments asked over 200 people to self-report the degree to which they were experiencing positive emotions, …