Skip to main content

Blogs

Recent Posts

Select Topic

The Leiden University Ranking

The new Leiden Ranking (LR) has just been published, and I would like to talk a bit about its indicators, what it represents and equally important - what it doesn’t represent.

April 22, 2013 — Hadas Shema

Mother Earth

Fig.1. "Mother Earth", the nourisher of all things, from the alchemistic work "Atalanta fugiens" (1618) by Michael Maier (image in public domain).

April 22, 2013 — David Bressan

With depth of field, more is not always better

In the comments, HBG_Dave makes a salient observation : I’ve always wondered why I like your photographs even though my personal theme has always been maximum sharp focus (not that I get it very often) and I tend to consider any blurring as a flaw...

April 22, 2013 — Alex Wild

The Physics of Fred Flintstone's Flaming Feet

I hope that the father of the "modern Stone Age family" has thick skin, or else he is going to lose his legs. Let's put aside the fact that Fred Flintstone basically runs to work and therefore doesn't really need his wheels (or that he would need the quads of a god to get them [...]..

April 22, 2013 — Kyle Hill

The Physics of Fred Flintstone s Flaming Feet

I hope that the father of the “modern Stone Age family” has thick skin, or else he is going to lose his legs.Let’s put aside the fact that Fred Flintstone basically runs to work and therefore doesn’t really need his wheels (or that he would need the quads of a god to get them moving)...

April 22, 2013 — Kyle Hill

When Did the Barbary Lion Really Go Extinct?

History books tell us that the last wild Barbary lion ( Panthera leo leo ) was probably killed in 1922 by a French colonial hunter in Morocco. But in repeating the tale of this well-documented death, the history books may have left a chapter or two out of the story.Barbary, or Atlas, lions once roamed throughout the deserts and mountains of northern Africa, ranging from Morocco to Egypt, far to the north of their sub-Saharan relatives...

April 22, 2013 — John R. Platt

Oliver Sacks Shares Tales of Musical Hallucinations

When the piece first premiered, critics When the piece first premiered, critics called it "repellent," "incomprehensible;" a "confusion." The audience didn't even call for an encore - a slight that threw the piece's composer into a rage...

April 22, 2013 — Ben Thomas

Blog Index

Scroll To Top