know-your-scientist

the signs based on people i know

aries: stubborn and independent, married to their netflix account, assholes but lowkey sensitive, always ready to turn up
taurus: competitive and sensitive, loves food and attention, would do anything to protect their friends and family, good for late night talks
gemini: either very emotional and empathetic or very cold and self-absorbed, silly, good sense of humor, quick to cut people out of their lives
cancer: no chill, always there to tell you the truth when you need it but usually in a nice way, would probably murder someone for you (or for fun)
leo: assholes, talk a lot, usually have some wild story to tell, VERY blunt and sarcastic
virgo: angels probably, always there to make you laugh, hates most people but it makes you feel special when one of them actually likes you
libra: try really hard to look cool, actually really cool most of the time, all over the place, very loyal
scorpio: VERY intense, either very sensitive or a psychopath, you can usually find them in the middle of a 5 hour long rant
sagittarius: always wants what’s best for everyone, sassy, loves listening to gossip, good listeners
capricorn: either cares about everything or cares about nothing, usually the parental figure of the friend group, generally responsible but doesn’t really know what they’re doing
aquarius: really hard to get close to them because they’re so closed off, they’ll come pick your ass up at 3am from a stranger’s house if you asked
pisces: all over the place (literally. it’s 4 in the morning and they’re not in their bed. where are they??), very VERY sweet and VERY generous

How and Why did Newton Develop Such a Complicated Math?

To many people, there’s a certain four letter word that strikes great fear into their hearts: math. Mathematics has a reputation for being a subject of the elite–a terrible, confusing, jumbled mess of illogical expressions and rules, which many people just give up trying to decipher at some point. Nevertheless, many students of mathematics (formal and informal), persevere through years of algebra and arithmetic to find themselves facing a very different beast – Calculus.

In truth, mathematics IS complicated and advanced, and it took hundreds of years to develop this language–the language that can accurately describe the universe we live in. Initially, math arose to solve problems and predict outcomes in everyday life, and as humans became more interested in how the world worked, they were faced with limitations of their current mathematical theories – which is why many people throughout history worked to create new and better models of nature, leading to advanced mathematics – here is how Newton (among others) created some of the most dreaded mathematical equations that we know today.

Find out how here: http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/how-and-why-did-newton-develop-such-a-complicated-math/

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Half the time I headcanon Richard Ayoade as Cecil/Kevin, and the other half I headcanon him as Carlos, and I am 100% conflicted.

Can we just have him as every single character in Night Vale? I love him a little bit too much…

Kevin:

Cecil:

Carlos:

Ada Lovelace – The Prophet of the Computer Age

Not many people know that Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852), otherwise known as “The Enchantress of Numbers”, was the daughter of the poet Lord Byron.

Even fewer know that Ada Lovelace would become one of the most important mathematicians in recorded history. Her work would prove instrumental in developing modern computers.

Read all about her here: http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/ada-lovelace-the-prophet-of-the-computer-age/

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Thanks for the guidance, Universe.

Chien-Shiung Wu: The First Lady of Physics

This is what the ‘New York Post’ wrote about Chien-Shiung Wu: ‘This small, modest woman was powerful enough to do what armies can never accomplish: she helped destroy a law of nature. And laws of nature, by their very definition, should be constant, continuous, immutable, and indestructible.’ Which law of nature was the 'New York Post’ talking about? And who was this brave soul who dared smash such laws?

Find out at http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/chien-shiung-wu-the-first-lady-of-physics/

Image via: Margarete Beutler

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I saw Welcome to Night Vale live last night at El Museo Del Barrio!! It was a make-up show because the scheduled performance was cancelled due to the blizzard. It was amazing!

Edit: The Weather was an awesomely cool dude name Sxip Shirey!

John Wheeler’s Participatory Universe

John Archibald Wheeler (1911-2008) was a scientist-philosopher who is remembered as the person who introduced the concept of wormholes and coined the term “black hole”. While both things are notable, Wheeler’s true legacy lies in his ideologies about the role of human consciousness, which extend, most famously, to the ‘Participatory Anthropic Principle.’

It basically stipulates consciousness is the life-force of the universe. Without it (or an observer, more specifically), the universe would cease to exist (think of it as a nice twist of the 'if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound’ proposition): http://goo.gl/FWg0Kb

Image Credit: M78, by ESO/Igor Chekalin, Art by Exceptional Mediocrity (http://ow.ly/tzSJ7)

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Know Your Scientists! Archaeology or Paleontology?

How do you make an archaeologist really mad, really fast? Ask her if she’s found any dinosaurs. SciShow helps you Know Your Scientists by explaining the many differences between archaeology and paleontology, and how they’re each awesome in their own ways. 

Know Your Scientist: Alan Turing

Alan Turing – a brilliant British mathematician and one of the leading scientific geniuses of the 20th century, is regarded as the father of modern computer science and artificial intelligence. Although his name wasn’t widely known outside scientific circles during his lifetime, (his most crucial work was classified top secret until the late 1970s), he became the center of media attention when he was posthumously granted a Royal pardon on December 23, 2013, by Queen Elizabeth II.

Turing cracked the unbreakable German Enigma codes during World War II, shortening the duration of the war and ‘saving countless lives,’ according to British Prime Minister David Cameron. Turing was arrested in 1952 for homosexuality, and tried and convicted of’ 'gross indecency.’ Homosexuality was a crime in Britain in the 1950s, and Turing was given a choice between prison and chemical castration. The latter involved a series of estrogen injections for one year. He chose chemical castration, received “treatment” for his “disorder,” but two years later, he was found dead of an apparent suicide. He was 41 years old.

Read more about this incredible visionary here: http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/know-your-scientist-alan-turing/

Musings of Neil deGrasse Tyson

If you don’t know who Neil deGrasse Tyson is, I would have to guess you have been living under a rock for the past ten years or so.

For those of you that do know of him, how much do you really know about the man who is sometimes referred to as the Carl Sagan of the 21st century: http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/neil-degrasse-tyson/

Amazing Speech From NDT: How First-Graders Can Help Earth

Sound advice, regardless of whether you are 6 or 60…
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Recently, Neil deGrasse Tyson gave a lecture in Worchester, Massachusetts. During this speech, he was asked the following, “How can first-graders help the earth?” Here is a transcription:

Tyson: Wait, how old are you first?

Girl: Six

Tyson: You’re six! That is just so –That is awesome!

You know what I think? Okay, so when I was in first grade I was curious about a lot of things. So heres what I want you to do… I think, when you go home, and you start poking around the kitchen—have you ever done that? Have you ever opened the cabinets, and pulled out the pots and pans, and started banging on them? Is that cool? That’s fun, right? Yeah? Did your parents stop you? Yeah?

Tell them to not stop you.

Because you’re just being a kid, and you like to explore things, and your parents don’t like it because it gets the pots and pans dirty, and because it’s noisy—but for you it’s fun, you’re testing. You’re actually doing experiments: What does the wooden spoon sound like on the aluminium pot, or the metal ladle sound like on the steel pot? They all make different sounds, and it’s fun, right?

Okay, nothing thing—so if it’s raining out, there’s a big puddle—what do you want to do with that puddle?

Girl: Jump in it.

Tyson: You wanna jump in it… so do you parents let you jump in it?

Girl: Y-no.

Tyson: Well tell your parents Doctor Neil deGrasse Tyson should jump in the puddle.

Because when you jump in a big muddy puddle—first, it’s fun right? It’s completely fun, and you’re making a splash crater. So, these are experiments. Just tell your parents that they’re experiments, and you want to become a scientist, and then they won’t stop you from doing anything you want.

See the video at: http://bit.ly/1EKdfXg

David Bohm and The Holographic Universe:

Bohm believed that, although the universe appears to be solid, it is, in essence, a magnificent hologram. He believed that, just like a hologram, each part of physical reality contains information about the whole.

Learn about the amazing implications of this revolutionary idea at:
http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/david-bohm-and-the-holographic-universe/

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