- Bob Doyle - Astronomy
Sir Isaac Newton was a ‘philosopher by fire’
My last two columns have reviewed Isaac Newton’s upbringing, his great inventiveness (both practical and theoretical) and his reluctance to share his discoveries (fearing lesser minds would have the gall to challenge him.)
Sir Isaac Newton a troubled genius
Last week’s column reviewed the youth of Isaac Newton, the founder of mechanics (force and motion) still used today in the design of most mechanical devices.
Isaac Newton is still at the top of his class
In teaching physics at the
first year and second year college
level, the discoveries of
Isaac Newton are the foundation
Fast or slow, all of our animals are interesting
I always consider books in terms of their attractiveness to beginners, particularly those containing instructive graphics and images. The publisher that excels at fine introductory science books is Dorling Kindersley or DK.
Manned trip to Mars would be a bad idea
One of the most interesting space missions was Apollo 8, when astronauts first orbited the moon in December 1968.
The mission lasted six days; there was an oral reading of the first verses of Genesis as the crew viewed the lunar surface at close range on Christmas Eve.
Hard as it may seem, you can lose weight
I have had some problems with my legs and back for about a year. In the process, I have gained about 10 pounds. This might not sound like much, but my weight has stayed nearly constant for decades.
Book offers excellent introduction to skies
A few weeks ago, I purchased a new book on space, of which I have a number. Even in the book store, I was struck by the excellent illustrations and accompanying text (on nearly every page).
It’s easy to explore the moon with binoculars
Last week, the slender crescent moon and a modest comet (PAN STAARS) appeared in the western dusk sky.
Binoculars can help you check out moon
Tomorrow afternoon, our moon’s orbiting motion will carry it from the morning to the evening side of the sun. The moon will be travelling towards the northerly zodiac groups, improving its evening visibility.
Comet to appear low in mid-March skies
Twenty months ago, a powerful automated telescope in Hawaii discovered a faint comet as far as the giant planets are from the sun.
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