In case you’ve lived under a rock your whole life and have never heard of Aristotle, he was a Greek philosopher that lived between 384 and 322 B.C.E. His works in philosophy, psychology, politics, ethics, and many other fields of thought are held in high regards to this day. However, there is one field in which he dabbled that he is most certainly not well respected in: physics, or natural philosophy as it would have been called in his day. Whereas great minds like Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton are still highly regarded for their work in physics to the…
Do you and your friends experience the same time? Is time travel possible?
In 1905, physicist Albert Einstein published a paper in the journal Annalen der Physik titled “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies.” In his paper, Einstein states that a rigid sphere in motion along the x-axis relative to an equally rigid but stationary sphere will have its x-dimension appear shortened to the motionless sphere by the ratio:
You’re taking a test or a quiz and you’ve just finished answering the last question. You’re confident in your answers. “I nailed it,” you think to yourself as you take one more look over it to make sure everything is in order and you hit that finalizing “Submit” button. The website analyzes your score for a second and shows, to your complete shock, that you’ve gotten multiple questions wrong. How could this be? You studied so hard and all the questions felt like second nature; like you could answer them in your sleep. …
How to make your own ink, according to Isaac Newton
It’s the 18th century and you’ve got some world-changing ideas just itching to be written down. But, how do you do it? You’ve managed to get a hold of some journals but what about the ink? You could purchase it from someone who makes it, but like everything else he did, Newton fancied making his own. He seems to have been good at it as well, as his journals are still easily read in the present day.
The University of Cambridge features many of Newton’s work in their online digital…
In 1878, Milton Wright, father of Orville and Wilbur Wright, purchased a cork, paper, and bamboo model helicopter powered by rubber bands for his boys. Inspired by the toy, Orville and Wilbur would go on to pursue a lifelong interest in flying. In 1889, the brothers started their own newspaper, and in 1892 they started their own bicycle shop, the Wright Cycle Exchange (later renamed to Wright Cycle Company), where they repaired and sold bicycles of their own design (history.com).
I recently published an article titled “The Distance Problem”, in which I discussed the issues that make it especially difficult to travel from place to place in the vastness of space. The article has seen some small success, getting published in ILLUMINATION and boosting me to “top writer” status on the topics of space and science. It’s my most read article by far.
However, one person who responded to my article brought up a common argument that I think I should formally address in more detail.
When it comes to space travel, there are many scientific hurdles that need to be overcome. Two of the biggest hurdles are that space is absolutely enormous and there is a universal speed limit. Because of these two factors, connecting two remote points in space will always be physically challenging, not just for us, but for any extra-terrestrial intelligence* that may exist as well.
[*] For the purposes of this article, intelligence is defined as life which has the capability of communication across vast distances, which requires the development and use of communications technology, or the ability to send and…
I thought peer-reviewed journals were the highest form of credibility, and then I got published in one.
After years of pursuing a career in music production and mixing and mastering that would end up going nowhere, I fell under a deep depressive spell. Thinking that I had been wasting my life working at a job I didn’t enjoy and understanding that I wasn’t going to be able to make an actual living from music I turned to learning. It seemed like the only thing that made me feel better. At first I learned on my own, watching videos and reading…
My immediate thought after reading that people had success following your fictitious diet is that it may have actually worked in a roundabout way.
Many unhealthy foods are found packaged in stores using the very materials you told readers to refrain from in your dietary guidelines, so by avoiding those packaging materials they have inadvertently been choosing healthier alternatives like fresh fruits and vegetables that aren't packaged more often. This would lead to a diet that is genuinely healthier than the average diet.
So while the diet isn't healthy for the reasons you posed in your satirical guidelines, it might actually be a healthier choice for other reasons. In an effort to come up with something absolutely absurd, you may have accidentally came up with a diet that works to some degree, pushing people to make overall healthier choices.
Physics student and cook. Owner of the publication Newtonian Curiosity.