RIP Neil Armstrong (1930 – 2012)

RIP Neil Armstrong (1930 – 2012)

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk the moon, passed away following complications from cardiovascular procedures.

Rest in peace, Neil.

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Apollo 11 – 40 years ago

Apollo11On the way into work the other day, I heard this story on NPR.  This week marks the 40th anniversary of the first human steps on the moon.  For years the only footage available was that footage broadcast on TV at the time.  The original footage may have been lost, but if you check out the story (be sure to listen to the audio as well), you’ll be able to view footage that shows much better clarity of those first steps on the moon and the placement of the American flag on the surface.

John Wheeler

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John Wheeler – physicist who gave birth to the term ‘black hole’, worked in nuclear fission, and was a contemporary of Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr – has passed away at age 96. Full article here.

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

einstein_wi.jpgWhen one thinks of Einstein, the thought probably conjures up the notion of the scientific legend. Or, it perhaps also brings to mind how his name has become synonymous with genius. But the root of this sort of folk lore was an actual man. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson reveals this man to us. It reveals not only the science (which is well written, readable, and blends into the commentary, not interrupting it), and how he worked to bring about his theories, but also his personal life: his family and working relationships; as well as his social, political, and religious views. It also shows how the times in which he lived shaped him.

This is a great book not only for those who follow science, but also those students of history, political science, or in fact, anyone.