To provide a pretense of added value, I will be dividing today’s list of interesting blag posts into categories. First, here are a few items in the “let’s just learn about science!” folder, listed roughly in order of increasing sophistication and presumed background knowledge:
- Abbie Smith teaches us about gag (that’s “group specific antigen”) and the protein pieces which make up viruses.
- Skulls in the Stars presents a gallery of failed models of the atom — eight different proposals for what goes inside an atom, published between 1900 and 1913.
- Dmitry Podolsky finds a lengthy interview with theoretical physicist Alexander Polyakov, whose name is all over basic ideas in string theory and elsewhere. Polyakov got his start back in a day when statistical mechanics was not yet conjoined with quantum field theory; as he says, “I remember telling someone that I wanted to learn about elementary particles by studying boiling water, and getting a strange look.”
These next are filed under “controversy fuel.”
And, finally, entertainment:
- Having visited Skulls in the Stars for atomic physics, we stay for mood music in TV and movies.
- Meanwhile, Denyse O’Leary tries to use video games to attack evolution. Yes.
- “I Will Derive.”