The Pitch Drop Experiment, a very long-term science project. (image) I recently had a discussion with David Lang for Science Better about institutional…
The Nature of Beauty meets Proof of Work?
Alchemy, Computation, and the Complexity of Modeling the World
Finding the misfit research + tech organizations
A sort-of-anagram from Newton’s Letters. How do you demonstrate that you know something—or discovered something first—without giving away your secret? …
Proxima Centauri. There is a certain delight to finding facts and bits of information that don’t quite make sense. Whether it’s the discovery of a weir…
Printing in 1568. In the first half of the Twentieth Century, Emanuel Haldeman-Julius began publishing Little Blue Books in a small town in southeaster…
Failure Modes and Technology
American Chestnuts, Shifting Baseline Syndrome, and What is Normal
Glitches, the Mathematics of Protozoa, and Computational Delight
An Alternate North America. I don’t know if this is something that happens to others, but in times of uncertainty and tumult, I find refuge in alternat…
Or, Why I'm delighted by Dwarf Fortress even though I've never actually played it