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Bob Doyle - Astronomy

Bob Doyle - Astronomy
  • 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!

    December 7, 2013

  • 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).

    November 30, 2013

  • Children’s book has some interesting facts

    Even though I have not traveled much, I have always been interested in geography.

    November 23, 2013

  • 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

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