Archive for the ‘books’ Category

Reading – don’t stop

July 19, 2017

So how ignorant do YOU look?

Follow me on this – when you graduate college, you look back on HS grads as not well read enough. OK but let’s say you leave college and never read again. What do you think people that keep reading from then on for 10-50 years think of you college grads?

The Literacy Site has a chart that says these facts:

33% of HS grads never read another book the rest of their lives. 42% of college grads never read another book after college.
70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore the last five years. 80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.

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WIS – Should I add This Poem

July 1, 2017

Dear Reader, my sci-fi novel Writings in Science, a History of the Future, is finished and out there for all to read. But in the 2nd ed. should I add this poem?

sew me up
a shinning star
with a helium needle
and hydrogen thread

sew me up
a galaxy cluster
with a stout
gravity ray.

sew me up
all that is
over the voids
and around the edges.

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Novel (two poems)

June 15, 2017

novels meander
with excess fat
short stories are lean
and all is taut.

a novel is
spilled paint
a short story is
a single line.

The Writer

Light and Time, Question for a Physicistd

June 14, 2017

Sent this question about LIGHT AND TIME, to ASK A MATHEMATICIAN See there website at
askamathematician.com

My Question.
Light is outside time, but if it enters a Bose Einstein Condensate, it slows down. How do we reconcile that the photon is both outside time, but slows down?

Their Answer.
There’s a post here that talks about that a bit.

http://www.askamathematician.com/2013/07/q-what-does-it-mean-for-light-to-be-stopped-or-stored/

Basically, when light exists, it’s traveling at c. When light “slows down”, then at least part of the time it’s not light. In the experiments where light is “stopped” it would be more accurate to say that it is “stored”. Very carefully prepared condensates (not just any old condensate) stops light kinda like a vinyl record stops sound (kinda). Hope that helps!
-Physicist

What a Day (Astronomy Poem)

May 19, 2017

What a day
when he figured it out –
Not a star cluster
within our galaxy
but its own
with another behind it
and another and another
and a field of them
that seemed to stretch
back and back further.


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