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Bob Doyle - Astronomy

Bob Doyle - Astronomy
  • 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.

    November 16, 2013

  • 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).

    November 9, 2013

  • 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.

    November 2, 2013

  • ‘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.

    October 26, 2013

  • 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.

    October 19, 2013

  • Teachers can convert those shallow learners

    In my last column, I proposed that learners in a class might be divided into three levels.

    October 12, 2013

  • Students often display different learning levels

    Might there be a better way of understanding students’ difficulties in learning? Some ideas that have been widely explored include learning styles, multiple intelligences and bloom’s taxonomy.
    In my opinion, these outlooks have not been successful in devising widespread strategies to make our students better learners. Now there is much talk about large scale use of external internet courses to revolutionize college learning (and to put most colleges out of business).

    October 5, 2013

  • BOB DOYLE Our skies unmatched in the solar system

    In less than a year, our public planetarium programs will resume in the Multi-media Learning Center (MLC) in the CCIT building at Frostburg State. 
CCIT stands for Center for Communication and Information Technology. I am hoping to start our public programs with a review of recent weather events, illustrated by pictures of local clouds. 
For some of the most beautiful sights in nature, easily visible to the eye are the clouds that pass over us each day.

    October 1, 2013 1 Photo

  • Bright points highlight night sky in the west

    Last week’s column was about the Big Dipper, the most popular star figure to Americans.

    September 21, 2013

  • Start with Big Dipper to learn constellations

    For most folks, learning the constellations is something they put on the back burner.

    September 14, 2013

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