Archives for June 2008

Safer Schools in China

We know that the Sichuan province earthquake destroyed enormous numbers of schools, and that many children died as a result.  Andrew Revkin reported on his blog research being done by Santiago Pujol, an engineer at Purdue focusing on preventing just the kind of destruction that was done to schools in China.  Revkin has an illustration […]

Science (Teaching) is a Creative Process

There was an interesting “My Turn” essay in this week’s Newsweek entitled Lessons in Life (Science) by Sally G. Hoskins, who teaches undergraduate biology.  In the article, she informs us that one of major goals in the biology course she teaches is that her students leave the course with the idea that just like art […]

How the Web was Won, and the New iPhone

This year is the 50th anniversary of the invention of the Internet, and during this year, Apple announced the “new” i-Phone 3G, and its new software for i-Phones and i-Pods, i-Phone 2.0.  An article in Vanity Fair magazine, How the Web Was Won, outlines the invention and development of the Internet through an oral history […]

Science and Civilization in China: What's Significant about the Cover

This is the cover of Science and Civilization in China by Joseph Needham. Question: What is significant about the image of the cover of his book? Read ahead to find out.  This is the second installment of a series of discussions that are based on Simon Winchester’s book about Joseph Needham, The Man Who Fell […]

Science and Civilization in China: What’s Significant about the Cover

This is the cover of Science and Civilization in China by Joseph Needham. Question: What is significant about the image of the cover of his book? Read ahead to find out.  This is the second installment of a series of discussions that are based on Simon Winchester’s book about Joseph Needham, The Man Who Fell […]