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Priest of Nature review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Rob Iliffe on The Religious Worlds of Isaac Newton, in Priest of Nature, recently out from Oxford University Press. Quite a few Newton-related titles now under review at...Show More Summary

Einstein's Theory Passes A Massive Test

The most basic physical laws you've learned -- those drafted up by Isaac Newton in the 17th century -- don't work for everything. Once you try to applying them to really fast things moving nearly at the speed of light or things heavier than stars, they start to fall apart. Show More Summary

Almost Free Book Alert: The Hunt for Vulcan by Thomas Levenson

Tom Levenson is a professor, a teacher of journalism and science journalism, and an Einstein scholar. He also knows a thing or two about Isaac Newton. One of my favorite non fiction books of all time is Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World’s Greatest Scientist. One of the reasons this…

Ending the Golden Age of Nothingness

Sir Isaac Newton once famously said, "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Well, Ike knew a thing or two; for it is indubitable that he would never have had the necessary foundation of knowledge to whip up the law of universal gravitation without the works of Euclid or Copernicus before him. Show More Summary

Why It Took Scientists So Long to Figure Out Where Babies Come From

Until 1875, no one in the world knew where babies come from. Ordinary people didn’t know, and neither did the scientists who helped shape the modern world. Leonardo da Vinci didn’t know. Galileo didn’t know. Isaac Newton didn’t know. They...Show More Summary

Friday Book Review: "The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone"

Isaac Newton's quote about standing on the shoulders of giants applies to science as well as technology. No technology arises in a vacuum, and every technology is in some sense a cannibalized hybrid of versions of it that came before. Show More Summary

Celebrating 330 years of Isaac Newton’s Principia

Today marks the 330th anniversary of the publication of Sir Isaac Newton’s Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (often referred to simply as the Principia). First published on July 5th 1687, the […]

The loads so wide they defy the laws of physics

If you think it’s not often that the laws of physics are defied – think again. These incredible photographs from around the world reveal sights that would leave Sir Isaac Newton gobsmacked.

Russians name Stalin ‘most outstanding’ world figure, Putin ties for second

2 months agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Soviet leader Joseph Stalin has once again been named the most oustanding world figure by Russians. Vladimir Putin shared second place with poet Alexander Pushkin. Among non-Russians, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton made the top 20. Read Full Article at RT.com

Is Space an Abscence of Things or is It a Thing Itself? [Science Video]

Since the days of Ancient Greece, philosophers and scientists have been wondering: What is space? Is the absence of things… a thing? These questions continued to fascinate physicists in the modern era, leading Isaac Newton, Ernst Mach, and Albert Einstein to wonder about the true nature of the fabric of the cosmos. Show More Summary

Isaac Newton signed 'South Sea Company' document sold for $53k at auction

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

A rare Isaac Newton signed document sold for $53,805 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The one-page document signed ?Is. Newton,? and dated November 15, 1721. The pay order issued to "the Accountant General of the South Sea Company," John Grigsby. Show More Summary

Breaking Newton's Law: Intriguing oscillatory back-and-forth motion of a quantum particle

A ripe apple falling from a tree has inspired Sir Isaac Newton to formulate a theory that describes the motion of objects subject to a force. Newton's equations of motion tell us that a moving body keeps on moving on a straight line unless any disturbing force may change its path. Show More Summary

Why I'm Grumpy About Pondering Existance

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"In physics, it’s dangerous to assume that things ‘exist’ in any conventional sense. Instead, the deeper question is: what sorts of processes give rise to the notion (or illusion) that something exists? For example, Isaac Newton explained the physical world in terms of massive bodies that respond to forces. However, with the advent of quantum […]

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #8

Sir Isaac Newton is here to take down the Avengers… Marvel's Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #8 by Robbie Thompson & Javier Rodriguez. The post Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #8 appeared first on CBR.

Standing on the Shoulders of a Giant

Daniel Klem, a genuine giant in ornithology and bird conservation One of my favorite quotes is from Isaac Newton, from 1676, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." The idea behind the quote goes back even further, at least to the 12th Century, credited to one Bernard of Chartres. Show More Summary

Matthew Lewis on Drunk History

Matthew Lewis – Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series – appeared on Comedy Central’s Drunk History UK, to tell the story of Halley’s Comet and Isaac Newton with Just Tattoo of Us host, Charlotte Crosby. Lewis takes on the part of Edmond Halley, famous historical astronomer and geophysicist who worked on theories of planetary motion with Newton....read more!

An 8-Year-Old Girl’s Poetic Tribute to Newton

4 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Isaac Newton died when he was eighty-four, his ideas travel to develop more."

These Black Female Mathematicians Should Be Stars in the Blockbusters of Tomorrow

5 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The hallways of math and science history are overflowing with the achievements of white men, from Sir Isaac Newton to Steve Jobs; their faces are printed into elementary school textbooks everywhere, and their achievements have been indelibly drilled into our minds, with countless awards and institutions named after… Read more...

How Tiny Would Donald Trump's Hands Be If They Were Black Holes?

6 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Let me tell you a little something about gravity: It’s weird. A hundred or so years ago, Albert Einstein realized Isaac Newton’s laws didn’t work so well for really extreme situations, ones Newton never would have encountered on 17th century Earth. So Einstein said, alright, let’s come up with a new theory that looks… Read more...

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