Oceans

Category archives for Oceans

Discovery, by nature, has a ripple effect. When one thing is found to be plausible, testable, or true, a suite of potential other truths and plausibilities tend to follow suit. This is the nature of inductive reasoning, the foundation of the scientific method, and the reason why science–as a human project–is generational. We discover something…

I Want To Live In A Bathysphere

Is poetry a driving force of Oceanography? Read Rimbaud! – Phillipe Diolé   I’ve written many times, although not recently, about the ocean. When I first began Universe in 2005, it was practically a ship’s log: meandering pieces on narwhal tusks, the accidental poetics of my hero, Rachel Carson, and adolescent screeds on the perils…

In his seminal 1991 essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction,” the video artist Douglas Davis writes that digital bits “can be endlessly reproduced, without degradation, always the same, always perfect.” This is different, Davis argues, from analogue information. In the past, copying an audio signal — for example, dubbing a…

Brethren, to the tides

Though this may not come as a surprise to many, I have a confession to make: I am not an accredited scientist. In fact, I only just graduated from college. And although the pomp and circumstance has barely dissipated and I’m still getting checks in the mail, I’m already thinking of what the undergraduate experience…

Tusks and Swords

Enthusiasts of marine biology — the most accessible branch of the Sciences, considering its general aesthetic — will probably have already pounced on this news item, which has been floating along the New York Times science section for a few days. For those who haven’t the time, however, to remain constantly updated on experimental developments…