Category: Science

Science and math issues that draw my interest and effort.

Soft Sciences, Hard Sciences

Soft sciences deal with human behavior and have value judgments in them. Hard sciences strive to understand the physical world and its phenomena.

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…

Russia and Oil Prices

The Russian currency has a tendency to weaken so that the dollars earned by oil export are converted to more nearly equivalent number of rubles.

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…

Gas Price Inflation

Decline of US dollar purchasing power from continued inflation

In the Twilight Zone episode (1960), ‘The Hitchhiker’ a sign shows gas at 32.9 cents/gal. Now it’s about 10 times higher. What’s that inflation rate?

Black Hole Derivation

Schwarzchild radius

I was fiddling around with a particle accelerating to the speed of light in a gravitational field and arrived at the Schwarzchild radius. A nice surprise 24 years ago.

Hypersphere

A sphere has 14% of its volume in its crust. A hypersphere of dim 19, has 62% of its volume in its crust.