fbpx

RSSCategory: Science

Advanced Technology Spotting: a look at what’s out there or rather isn’t by GF Willmetts.

March 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Advanced Technology Spotting: a look at what’s out there or rather isn’t by GF Willmetts.

Considering how we are looking at the skies ever more intently these days, seeking out the wobbles with stars that indicate they have planets orbiting them, I wonder why no one has considered other traces of life. I know that Freeman Dyson suggested looking for infra-red traces for potential spheres surrounding whole stars but that […]

Read More

Faraday, Maxwell And The Electromagnetic Field by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon (book review).

March 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Faraday, Maxwell And The Electromagnetic Field by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon (book review).

I like it when I’m surprised by the book contents, especially when it belies the title. Yes, it’s true that Michael Faraday and James Maxwell biographies are covered in Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon’s book ‘Faraday, Maxwell And The Electromagnetic Field’ but goes beyond this, covering several other notable scientists in the field. That’s shouldn’t […]

Read More

Homage To Gaia by James Lovelock (book review).

March 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Homage To Gaia by James Lovelock (book review).

I only read autobiographies from time to time, mostly because it’s amongst the review books we get rather than something I’m normally drawn to. James Lovelock’s autobiography ‘Homage To Gaia’ is outside of my genre but not outside of my subject interest matter, science. Born in 1919, his account of his early life, upbringing and […]

Read More

Computing With Quantum Cats by John Gribbin (book review).

March 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
Computing With Quantum Cats by John Gribbin (book review).

Before you ask, this book has nothing to do with pet cats, be they unknowingly alive or dead in a Schrödinger box, but it certain has a big splash of quantum mechanics and the transition of our current computer technology to using something smaller to do more functions faster. In other words, we are at […]

Read More

Powering Up: Are Computer Games Changing Our Lives by Rebecca Mileham (book review).

February 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Powering Up: Are Computer Games Changing Our Lives by Rebecca Mileham (book review).

If after you turn your computer on, the first thing you do is play a game of FreeCell or Spider Solitaire like I do, don’t think you’re wasting your time or as I frequently think, giving the computer a chance to get all its sub-routines settled. As author Rebecca Mileham points out in her book […]

Read More

The great bonanza of worlds.

February 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
The great bonanza of worlds.

NASA’s Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system. Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number of […]

Read More

The Stardust Revolution by Jacob Berkowitz (book review).

February 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Stardust Revolution by Jacob Berkowitz (book review).

‘The Stardust Revolution’ has nothing to do with rebellion in outer space. The sub-title ‘The New Stories Of Our Origin In The Stars’ should put you more into the picture. Although author Jacob Berkowitz doesn’t use the statement ‘We are all stardust’, his examination of the connections between chemistry and astronomy will certainly strengthen it. […]

Read More

Magnificent Principia: Exploring Isaac Newton’s Masterpiece by Colin Pask (book review).

January 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Magnificent Principia: Exploring Isaac Newton’s Masterpiece by Colin Pask (book review).

Now this is the kind of book you won’t come across very often. Colin Pask explores and analyses Isaac Newton’s third book, actually it’s three books in one, in ‘Magnificent Principia: Exploring Isaac Newton’s Masterpiece’. I doubt if many people read the original ‘Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, usually abbreviated to ‘Principia’, yet this is this […]

Read More

Combat Aircraft 80: Lockheed SR-71 Operations In Europe And The Middle East by Paul F. Crickmore (book review).

January 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Combat Aircraft 80: Lockheed SR-71 Operations In Europe And The Middle East by Paul F. Crickmore (book review).

The use of the SR-71 Blackbird or Habu in Europe and the Middle East meant that it would have to work out from a base on this side of the Atlantic. It wasn’t a surprise that because of our ‘special relationship’ to the USA that Great Britain got opted with its main base in Norfolk’s […]

Read More

SpaceShipTwo creeps closer to the big dark.

January 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
SpaceShipTwo creeps closer to the big dark.

Virgin Galactic has completed the third rocket-powered supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo. In command on the flight deck of SS2 for the first time under rocket power was Virgin Galactic’s Chief Pilot Dave Mackay. Mackay, along with Scaled Composites’ test pilot Mark Stucky, tested the spaceship’s Reaction Control System and […]

Read More

SFcrowsnest