When Neil Armstrong and Edmund Hillary Took a Trip to the North Pole. Sir Edmund Hillary (second from left) with Neil Armstrong (far right) at the North Pole (via smh.com.au) It sounds like the plot of a comic book — Sir Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong at the North Pole — but in fact it was one of those spectacular crossroads of history. In the lonely, desolate arctic, these two great explorers — who had never met before — got in a tiny bush plane and took off for the top of the Earth in 1985. Here's how it happened. One morning in the mid–1980s, professional expedition leader Mike Dunn decided he wanted to take the day’s greatest explorers to the North Pole.
According to Sir Edmund Hillary's son Peter, himself an accomplished mountaineer who came on the trip, Dunn was a colorful character, the kind of man who didn’t mind ringing up people like first man on the moon Neil Armstrong and saying, “How about this?” Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953 on Mount Everest (via Wikimedia) Satellite view of the North Pole (via NASA Goddard) Great Unsung Science Fiction Authors That Everybody Should Read. Saying that Clifford Simak's writings sometimes have a "1950 pulpy feel" is both true and misleading, at least for those who think the pulps were Mickey Spillane by way of Quentin Tarantino.
Simak's characters tended to be both thinking and feeling people — rare in most pulp writings — and violence, while it was used, was rarely a first choice, and was usually committed with reluctance that a better solution hadn't been found. In a word, his characters do tend toward being gentle people, men and women who'd enjoying sitting on the steps, watching the stars come out, in the company of their dog and their favorite robot. He's one of my favorite writers, and I'm delighted to have met him a handful of times at conventions. Thanks for giving him a boost! Indeed, I've always thought Simak to be more a "Midwest country" writer than a pulp one; His depictions of the workaday people of the world, and the rural people are honest and real while his aliens are believable yet very foreign. Get high on sci-fi: 10 short story collections that will blow your mind. We’re huge short story fans around this way, but while we definitely foster great big loves for the likes of Alice Munro and V.S.
Pritchett, we also very much dig the science-fiction greats. We reckon newcomers to the sci-fi field might get the impression it’s dominated by novels or series of novels, but that’s not really the case: excellent science-fiction short stories abound. And as a field it’s pretty easy to plunge into without much prior knowledge – the story anthology has been a staple of the sci-fi domain for quite a while now (though, sadly, that phenomenon does seem to be on the wane). If you haven’t got an anthology to hand as a taster, though, here are ten collections to get you going: I, Robot, Isaac Asimov (1950) Okay, it’s an obvious choice, but Asimov’s nine stories are must-reads: they’ve got the Three laws of Robotics, for a start!
Chronopolis, J.G. Ballard’s a master at conjuring a dystopia: the worlds he sketches for us are sinister and vivid and unforgettable. What’s in that image? Masterpieces like you’ve never seen them before. During the past few months, I’ve become increasingly interested in digital art. Glitch, visualizations, pixels … it’s all very exciting, and I’ve wanted to dive in myself. As I progressed, I found myself tweaking the level of abstraction so much that I wrote code to do it in the browser. Below are highly abstracted famous works of art. Each click will bring you closer and closer to the original. At some point, “Voila!” (TIP: Patience! Do you have an idea for an artwork that would be terrific with this abstract treatment? A longer version of this post originally appeared on dvncan.com RELATED: 18 objects that define America. Elena Shumilova.
Animated films that will leave you devastated. The Most Controversial Math Problems. 6 Famous Authors Who Were Nothing Like You Expect. One of the most often repeated pieces of advice any writer will hear is "Write what you know," and many of the most respected authors in history have done exactly that: Joseph Conrad knew a lot about watching friends die in a river in the middle of the jungle, Dr. Dre knows a lot about smoking weed every day, and so on. However, we tend to forget that sometimes writers just make shit up that has nothing to do with their real lives, and as a result we have an image of them that directly contradicts their actual personality.
For instance, if you only know them from their work, you'd never guess that ... #6. Theonering.com What We Know Him For: Long before The Lord of the Rings series became 20 hours' worth of blockbuster films, the book trilogy was massively popular with 1960s hippies and flower children, who enjoyed the books' back-to-nature vibe and the fact that the characters are never described washing. wordonfire.orgLook, he's laughing his ass off -- there has to be weed in that pipe. The terrible and wonderful reasons why I run long distances.
Welcome To News And Views 24.Com. Ten Lessons I Wish I Had Been Taught. Notices of the AMSJanuary 1997 The article is based on a talk delivered on the occasion of the Rotafest in April, 1996, and is reprinted with permission of Birkhauser Boston, copyright 1997, ISBN 0-8176-3866-0,Indiscrete Thoughts by Gian-Carlo Rota, edited by Fabrizio Palombi . Allow me to begin by allaying one of your worries. I will not spend the next half hour thanking you for participating in this conference or for your taking time away from work to travel to Cambridge. And to allay another of your probable worries, let me add that you are not about to be subjected to a recollection of past events similar to the ones I've been publishing for some years with a straight face and an occasional embellishment of reality. Having discarded these two choices for this talk, I was left without a title. Dirk Struik was right: a speaker should try to give his audience something they can take home.
Lecturing a. The German philosopher G. B. C. D. It is not easy to follow Professor Struik's advice. A Point of View: Chess and 18th Century artificial intelligence. 22 March 2013Last updated at 13:36 ET An 18th Century automaton that could beat human chess opponents seemingly marked the arrival of artificial intelligence. But what turned out to be an elaborate hoax had its own sense of genius, says Adam Gopnik. Lately I've been thinking a lot about the Turk. That sounds, I know, like a very 19th Century remark. No, The Turk I have in mind is both older and newer than that - I mean the famous 18th Century chess-playing automaton, recently and brilliantly reconstructed in California. If you haven't heard of it before, I should explain what the Turk is, or was. The BBC's Peter Bowes plays chess with John Gaughan's replica Turk The Turk first appeared in Vienna in 1770 as a chess-playing machine - a mechanical figure of a bearded man dressed in Turkish clothing, seated above a cabinet with a chessboard on top.
The thing was a sensation. I should rush to say that, of course, the thing was a fraud, or rather, a trick - a clever magician's illusion. Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction. Image by Lloyd Arnold via Wikimedia Commons Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and write. His best stories are masterpieces of the modern era, and his prose style is one of the most influential of the 20th century.
Hemingway never wrote a treatise on the art of writing fiction. He did, however, leave behind a great many passages in letters, articles and books with opinions and advice on writing. Some of the best of those were assembled in 1984 by Larry W. 1: To get started, write one true sentence. Hemingway had a simple trick for overcoming writer's block. Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. 2: Always stop for the day while you still know what will happen next. 5: Don't describe an emotion--make it.
Svetlana Boym: Freedom and the Arts of Dissent. Genetic Testing for Health, Disease & Ancestry; DNA Test. Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature. Is one of those things that everybody talks about but no one can define precisely. Every time we fall in love, fight with our spouse, get upset about the influx of immigrants into our country, or go to church, we are, in part, behaving as a human animal with our own unique evolved nature—human nature.
This means two things. First, our thoughts, feelings, and behavior are produced not only by our individual experiences and environment in our own lifetime but also by what happened to our ancestors millions of years ago. Second, our thoughts, feelings, and behavior are shared, to a large extent, by all men or women, despite seemingly large cultural differences. Human behavior is a product both of our innate human nature and of our individual experience and environment. The implications of some of the ideas in this article may seem immoral, contrary to our ideals, or offensive. We state them because they are true, supported by documented scientific evidence.
Richard Feynman a.k.a. Dirty Dick: Genius, Hound Dog, and Hero « Felice & Friends. Physicist Richard Feynman, one of a handful of the most intelligent people who ever lived, was more than just another prolifically fertile brainiac. To be a well-rounded human was a priority for him, and in the area of his love life he achieved notable success. One of the world’s best-kept secrets, and one that would surprise a lot of macho men, if they were capable of absorbing a new idea in the first place, is the amount of nookie harvested by poets, physicists, and other supposedly non-virile specimens.
Feynman studied the science of picking up women in coffeeshops and bars. His numerous affairs with the wives of colleagues and grad students scandalized the academic world. There was true love in Feynman’s life, and her name was Arline. Probably the strongest resistance came from Feynman’s mother. The sweethearts celebrated their wedding, witnessed by two strangers, in a city office. Feynman’s mother had a change of heart and looked for reconciliation. Like this: Like Loading... T J S George: What makes beautiful women beautiful?
It was a typically American marketing trick when Vogue magazine described Leela Naidu as one of the world's ten most beautiful women. As if there is an endoscope that will measure the specific gravity of beauty. It's like Time magazine, another gimmickry specialist, publishing lists of "tomorrow's Asian leaders. " Some of them end up in prison for misdemeanour, but Time gets its mileage from the thousands of Indians who lap up the lists with colonial loyalty. Leela Naidu was of course an extraordinarily beautiful woman. That's what makes Nandita Das or Arundati Roy or Mallika Sarabhai stand out in a crowd. How ironic that Gayatri Devi was also in that fateful Vogue list. Like Gayatri Devi, Leela Naidu was aware, but not vain, about her beauty. Her personal life was a continuous tragedy — two failed marriages, twin daughters gone astray, grievous illnesses, loneliness.
It's a pity that India knows little about Ramaiya Naidu, a pioneering scientist and a staunch nationalist. T. Suvudu - Science Fiction and Fantasy Books, Movies, Comics, and Games. Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the iPad in 1968. The Meaning of "American Pie" Besides Food. The entire song is a tribute to Buddy Holly and a commentary on how rock and roll music changed in the years since his death. McLean is lamenting the lack of "danceable" good time party music in rock and roll and (in part) attributing that lack to the absence of Buddy Holly et. al. (Verse 1) A long, long time ago... "American Pie" reached #1 in the U.S. in 1972; the album containing it was released in 1971. Buddy Holly died in 1959. I can still remember how That music used to make me smile. One of early rock and roll's functions was to provide dance music for various social events. But February made me shiver, Buddy Holly died on February 3, 1959 in a plane crash in Iowa during a snowstorm.
With every paper I'd deliver, Don McLean's only job before becoming a full-time singer-songwriter was being a paperboy. Bad news on the doorstep... Holly's recent bride was pregnant when the crash took place; she had a miscarriage shortly afterward. So... (Refrain) Bye bye Miss American Pie, (Verse 2) Refrain. Ethnomathematics. In mathematics education, ethnomathematics is the study of the relationship between mathematics and culture. Often associated with "cultures without written expression", it may also be defined as "the mathematics which is practised among identifiable cultural groups". It refers to a broad cluster of ideas ranging from distinct numerical and mathematical systems to multicultural mathematics education.
The goal of ethnomathematics is to contribute both to the understanding of culture and the understanding of mathematics, and mainly to lead to an appreciation of the connections between the two. The development and meaning of "ethnomathematics" The term "ethnomathematics" was introduced by the Brazilian educator and mathematician Ubiratan D'Ambrosio in 1977 during a presentation for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The following is a sampling of some of the definitions of ethnomathematics proposed between 1985 and 2006: Areas Numerals Principia mathematica, by Alfred North Whitehead ... and Bertrand Russell. The Modern Library's Top 100 Nonfiction Books of the Century. VLSI CAD Laboratory. Times Higher Education 21 December 2001 You know what you have to do to join the ranks of the great science laureates, but just as important is what you don't do. Leo Esaki has a list of golden rules to help you on your way to stardom in Stockholm. The 20th century was characterised by the remarkable progress of science and technology. Establishing the Nobel prize at the start of the century helped to foster such progress by stimulating global scientific competition. The race in business ventures based on new scientific knowledge has brought about further technological advances. Among a number of great achievements of the 20th century, the following three are most significant and have greatly influenced the opening of new frontiers of science and technology: * The advent of quantum mechanics, which explained the structure of the atom, thus dramatically upgrading our understanding of matter from a microscopic viewpoint Science is the institutionalised art of inquiry.
Does Truth Matter? Science, Pseudoscience, and Civilization. Article Carl Sagan Volume 20.2, March / April 1996 Science has beauty, power, and majesty that can provide spiritual as well as practical fulfillment. But superstition and pseudoscience keep getting in the way providing easy answers, casually pressing our awe buttons, and cheapening the experience. Do we care what's true? … where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise wrote the poet Thomas Gray. It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care how you got your money as long as you have got it. It's disheartening to discover government corruption and incompetence, for example; but is it better not to know about it? In The Genealogy of Morals, Friedrich Nietzsche, as so many before and after, decries the “unbroken progress in the self-belittling of man” brought about by the scientific revolution.
Plainly there is no way back. Science as a Source of Spirituality “Spirit” comes from the Latin word “to breathe.” The 5 Most Mind-Blowing Moments from Indian Action Movies. 1/7 Jes Hudak - Feeling Good Cover (of Nina Simone's Cover) by Anthony and Leslie, All Mine + Banter