A brief history of the history of timekeeping

We take for granted that things are as they should be often without understanding why. Clock hands move "Clockwise" because they followed sundials. If human civilizations had developed primarily in the Southern Hemisphere, "clockwise" would be in the opposite direction. Do you ever wonder why there are 60 seconds to a minute and 60 minutes … Continue reading A brief history of the history of timekeeping

Faraday and the Royal Society

A bookbinder's apprentice got enthralled by a volume of Encyclopaedia Britannica and a slim book of chemistry written for English ladies of the day. He then went on to change the course of history by developing the basic principles that power all of modern society. More than anyone else, Michael Faraday was the "purest" experimental … Continue reading Faraday and the Royal Society

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Is the world becoming a more intolerant place? Of course, I can’t answer that question objectively, but it certainly feels that way these days. What seem to me to be in short supply are empathy and humility. So many people I come across seem to have all the right answers, so much that they are … Continue reading Listen.