Physics on xkcd

Submitted by Nicholas C. Darnton (inactive) on Thursday, 1/28/2010, at 3:40 PM


Submitted by Nicholas C. Darnton (inactive) on Wednesday, 1/27/2010, at 5:44 PM

A simple plug for one of my favorite magazines, MAKE.  After a few issues it spun off an artsier offshoot, CRAFT, which is now defunct.

One day when I have some extra time on my hands I'm going to pull out the old issue and start restoring old pinball machines, but for now it's just a dream.  Actually, if I had that kind of time (and room in my basement), first I would build my own grappa distillation apparatus.

Linguistics? Anthropology? Neuroscience?

Submitted by Nicholas C. Darnton (inactive) on Tuesday, 1/27/2009, at 1:00 PM
Dunbar book

Certainly not physics, but for some reason I found this book really fascinating when I read it years ago.  Then I loaned it to a friend and never got it back.  Pick up a copy if you chance across it.




History of Science

Submitted by Nicholas C. Darnton (inactive) on Friday, 10/17/2008, at 1:16 PM
Invention and Technology

I stumbled across this magazine at the house of a historian of science.  The subjects vary from mind-numbingly boring to absolutely riveting.  Articles are generally aimed at the well-educated layperson; clearly many of the authors are graduate students in history of science who need a little extra cash, so they put together a popular version of what their thesis will be, if they actually manage to get the thing written before starving to death on a grad student stipend...

Some great articles that I remember:

  1. The technology of tunnel-digging machines.  Each one is designed from scratch for the particular tunnel size and particular type of earth to be excavated, assembled in place and used only once.
  2. The technology of the Star Wars IV (the first one, that is).  Lucas' crew built a state-of-the-art precision computerized 5-axis camera controller to shoot multiple takes of the surface of the Death Star to be superimposed for the final film.