World's Fair

Archives for December, 2009

“The world is full of light and life, and the true crime is not to be interested in it.” A.S. Byatt “What seems a detour has a way of becoming, in time, a direct route.” Richard Powers I had more fun doing this series than anything else in the past 3+ years here at the…

(Ten Best of the Decade from Half of the World’s Fair) This series began with the kindness of a friend who agreed to let me ask him about his book about Barry Commoner, science, and modern environmentalism. It then spawned a series of 17 interviews with authors of books in science studies, environmental history, the…

These never got formalized into an official series (not to demystify it too much, but that formalization process requires mostly that Dave make an icon to put on the sidebar). Nevertheless, they ended up as an eight-part set of posts about landscape art of various types. I’ll put a representative sample from each one below,…

Well… shouldn’t everybody? Follow the physical laws of the universe here (also check out who the physical laws of the universe are following).

This one was immense. It was also a dual effort (and not by “one of the guys” at the blog). Like the Puzzle Fantastica, this one is very difficult to re-post in its entirety. Luckily, Dave made a great graphic with links embedded to each game. I’ll reprint the Press Center, then, which includes links…

Halfway there. This one first ran earlier this year, back in February. I was actually preparing for an interview, sitting in a bed and breakfast when I posted it, as I recall, which in retrospect makes it yet more meaningful to me. It was snowing, picturesque, comforting. Now a memory.

With respect to this and much apologies to all the “shoulders of giants.” Whereby: (1) mystery tweet = M2c2(A/π)(mx+b)-XF(q/t) And given that: (1.a) A = πR2 (area of a circle) (1.b) y = mx+b (linear equation) (1.c) F=MA (from Newton’s laws of motion) (1.d) S=q/t (classical Entropy definition) Then: (2) mystery tweet = M2c2R2y-XMAS And…

In a countdown from just one of us, this one isn’t just from one half of the World’s Fair; it’s from both of us. Truth be told, Dave did most of the work here and in the end this was a hallmark achievement for the blog. There isn’t a great way to repost the totality…

… well this. This being the (now pretty much) annual SCQ Christmas offering from structural biochemist and playwright, Vince LiCata. NARRATOR: Every Who Down in U-ville Liked their research a lot… FACULTY: (pipeting): I sure like research a lot. I love running gels, I get bored when I’m not. NARRATOR: But the Pinch Who lived…

Moving along (see here), the order of quality for Halloween candy has been a source of constant conversation for years in my family. Since my kids became full-on trick-or-treaters a few years ago, it seemed necessary to get down to the science of it. That led to the first hierarchy, in 2006, which was supplemented…