Improbable Research in Washington Feb 19!

If you’ll be in or near Washington, DC on Feb 19, come to the Improbable Research show at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). See: Improbable Research editor Marc Abrahams Manuel Barbeito (Ig Nobel Prize winner for determining by experiment that microbes cling to bearded scientists) in his […]

Good sketchy histories of the universe

Except for a very few people who know everything, nobody knows in detail how the universe started or what happened between then and now. But we’ve been given many interesting suggestions. Some, biblical in nature, tell take-it-leave-it stories. Others offer some combination of evidence and logical reasoning. John Baez‘s majestic “The Earth—for Physicists” appeared in […]