Category Archives: Ramblings

Standing on Shoulders You Didn’t Know Were There

If you’re a scientist, almost all of your professional reading comes in the form of scientific papers. These days, that usually usually means between 10 and 20 pages of fairly dense information packed into a PDF. This format is great … Continue reading

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Independence Day on Lake Union

I spent a good portion of today on the shores of Lake Union, which is located right in the middle of the city of Seattle. This afternoon was the Wooden Boat Festival at the Center for Wooden Boats. There were … Continue reading

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Oppie, In His Own Words

In the time since the last post I wrote about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Bomb, I’ve finished “American Prometheus.” Highly, highly recommended. I also came across a video (from 1965) of Oppie repeating the famous quote I used for … Continue reading

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“Now I am become death, destroyer of worlds.”

Yesterday, The Atlantic ran a series of photos of atmospheric nuclear tests, including one taken 25 milliseconds after the detonation of the first atomic bomb on the morning of July 16, 1945 near Alamogordo, New Mexico. J. Robert Oppenheimer, the … Continue reading

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Why I’m into Oceans

This is a pretty hopeless question attempt in a short blog post, but I’m at my grandparents’ house on Cape Cod for Thanksgiving and, sitting here at the kitchen table, I can see at least one of the reasons just … Continue reading

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