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Where is the Maths Department?

I was having a discussion with my father about the budgetpocalypse for universities. I don’t know how it came up, but he asked: “What college is the department of Math in?” At Southeastern Louisiana University, the Department of Math is in the College of Science and Technology. Here is a paraphrase of our conversation. Me:…

Why would I think that?

So suppose you saw something that looked like this: This is a ball shot out of a shooter device. Well, it is a vypthon animation of a ball. What would you do if you came to see this video? If I had not made it, I would say it is an unrealistic video. It does…

RP 12: Some things about science

I have been meaning to write about this for quite some time. Really, I wanted to reply to Chad’s article on science at Uncertain Principles, but you know how things go. So, here are my key and interesting points about science in random order. Science is all about models (not ball bearings) Science is about…

A great example of a model

This picture has been all over the blogs. I don’t want to talk about this picture too much – that has been done (a good summary discussion can be found at Bad Astronomy). Apparently, this is some type of rocket mistake or something. Although the picture is cool, it is not as cool as this…

Science is not math

I probably should have included this idea on my “All about science” blog post. Maybe I didn’t put it in there because if I talk about what science is you can figure out what it is not. Science is not math Science is all about making models. It is true that many current models are…

Some things about science

I have been meaning to write about this for quite some time. Really, I wanted to reply to Chad’s article on science at Uncertain Principles, but you know how things go. So, here are my key and interesting points about science in random order.

Models, photons, and more

Quantum mechanics is not my area of expertise. Really, I have no area of expertise. However, I think it is time to bring the whole photon thing back up. Yes, I know I was a little harsh before. Maybe I should start over. First, models. Yes models. I think science is all about models. Scientists…

Podcasts are great. While cleaning the car today, I listened to a new one – Stuff you missed in history class (itunes link). In one episode, they were talking about alternative theories about early visits to America. There was some guy that was claiming the Chinese visited the new world 70 years before Columbus (or…

I like computers, really I do. Computational physics is a good thing. However, there is a small problem. The problem is that there seems to be a large number of people out there that treat numerical methods and simulations as something different than theoretical calculations. You can tell who these people are because they refer…

Here I am, at my parents house. There is no power at my house and Louisiana in September with no power is really a whole bunch of no-fun. But maybe I can use this time to talk about science. **The Nature of Science** Here is a review. What is science all about? (I am pretty…