Category: Science & Math

I expected to be a scientist, but poor experimental skills killed that avenue and fatigue with abstract thought blocked the other. However, my interest in science and math never flagged. When working in data processing, I decided to return and get a masters. I chose computer science rather than a more business-oriented degree. The prospect of working on science projects still lured me.

These posts arise from curiosities and mysteries in the world of science and math.

Electric Lights Across America

What would the blogs and forums have made of the outrageous image of a man with flames shooting out of his mouth? Lacking standards and in a rush to be electrified, towns found themselves saddled with shoddy work. Birds and insects attracted to the light were killed in large numbers, their tiny bodies littering the…

Taste and Nutrition

My wife says, how can I know chemistry and be so indifferent when it comes to nutrition. Well, here’s a little interesting intersection. Salty. Indicates minerals. Eat ‘um Sour. Indicates acids. Be careful, can indicate rotten Bitter. Indicates alkalines. Be careful, many plant poisons are alkalines Sweet. Indicates sugars. Carbohydrates for energy. Eat ‘um Savory.…

Survival of the Fittest

We all know the expression “survival of the fittest” which Herbert Spencer coined, as much for its use in social discussions as in natural selection. The better expression is “propagation of the most fertile.” It’s more faithful to Darwin’s work. It’s the subsequent generations of the most fertile that benefit by increasing numbers, rather than…

Truth or Utility

What does science know about reality? Since science works from particulars, how can it claim to give universal truths? I think of science as a collection of ideas, organizing empirical facts. That is, scientific laws are contingent on what facts we have. They are to be measured, in my opinion, not by their truth, but…

Energy Use

In reading ‘Biological Psychology’, I came across an interesting statistic.  Two-thirds of a person’s energy output is used to maintain body temperature!  I already knew that about 20% was used by the brain and I thought that an amazing amount, but temperature maintenance puts the brain’s requirement to shame. So 85+% of energy is already…