Martin Rees in Vancouver – the Ouroboros, Size and Scale, and Good Sci-Fi

Humans, standing somewhere between 1 and 2 meters tall, sit somewhere in the middle of this scale.

Martin Rees—the British cosmologist, astrophysicist, author, Baron of Ludlow, present Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom and former president of the Royal Society—recently spoke in Vancouver at the Vogue Theater. In a 45 minute talk followed by a 45 minute Q&A period hosted by CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks host Bob McDonald, Rees delighted the . . . → Read More: Martin Rees in Vancouver – the Ouroboros, Size and Scale, and Good Sci-Fi

Godel, Escher, Bach: A strange, Strange Loop of a book

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Douglas Hofstadter’s Pullitzer-winning 1979 novel-tangled-up-in-a-science-book is a strange, illuminating and utterly brilliant work of art which also happens to be extremely difficult to read. (Is that a paradox?)

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid is sprawling, ambitious, and very atypical as far as books go. It tells so many stories, argues in so many . . . → Read More: Godel, Escher, Bach: A strange, Strange Loop of a book

Calvin and Hobbes on Math

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Like many students, Calvin has never been confident with numbers. He’s often forced to ask Susie Derkins for answers in class, and makes full use of his surprisingly math-literate tiger, Hobbes, for homework help. I’ve shown some of these C & H strips before a lesson as a way to try to illustrate the somewhat . . . → Read More: Calvin and Hobbes on Math

The Educational Wisdom of Calvin and Hobbes

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I recently picked up a couple of old Calvin and Hobbes books from the newly re-opened Book Warehouse on Broadway, and have since put aside my “grown-up books” to read one of my favourite comic strips of all time. What amazes me about Bill Watterson’s creation is just how timeless it is. Nothing seems dated, . . . → Read More: The Educational Wisdom of Calvin and Hobbes

How to rip songs from YouTube videos

I recently realized that the ability to download songs from YouTube videos is not as well known as I thought. More than once in the past week, I mentioned to someone that I downloaded a song from YouTube and they had no idea what I was talking about.

So, I thought I’d share this website . . . → Read More: How to rip songs from YouTube videos