- Bob Doyle - Astronomy
Life on earth relies on several elements
One of the most important words in science is “element.” For thousands of years, the recognized elements were air, fire, water, earth and quintessence.
A scientific (or not) treatise on yawning
It is my duty, I feel, to alert my readers to the scientific advances of our time, so let me write today about — yawning. Yawning is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting human physical reactions that you can write about without embarrassment.
Life on earth survived some really close calls
Last year at this time, there was a lot of talk about the world ending on Dec. 21, 2012. Of course, nothing of the sort happened — otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this column!
What life is found on the deep ocean floor?
I recently purchased “Oceans: A Visual Guide” by S. Hutchinson and L. E. Hawkins. “Oceans” is a Firefly book, published in 2008 with ISBN 13-978-1-55407-427-3 (paperback).
Children’s book has some interesting facts
Even though I have not traveled much, I have always been interested in geography.
Walking is natural, but not most efficient
What makes walking so natural and without much effort for most of us? Human walking can be related to the swing of a pendulum.
Humans are living in the ‘Middle World’
Last year, the book “Spectrums: Our Mind-Boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity” by David Blatner was published by Walker and Company. Its ISBN is 978-0-8027-1770-2 (hardback).
Science has big role in the game of baseball
Baseball is a sport that lends itself to mathematical analysis. The below numbers are from “All the Right Angles,” a comprehensive compilation of studies of athletics (all the classic American sports as well as Cycling, Crickets, Track/Field and Soccer).
The author is Joel Levy and the book is from Firefly publishers with ISBN 13:978-1-77085-196-2.
‘Short History’ covers just about everything
Astronomy, my field has a number of popular books that start from the beginning of time and advance to the present.
There’s a reason we measure it in ‘feet’
This writer often wishes that Americans would adopt more rational British ways, particularly in politics. An exception is our retaining the standard British units of weights and measures.
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