Found: A Quadrillion Ways for String Theory to Make Our Universe

"According to string theory, all particles and fundamental forces arise from the vibrational states of tiny strings. For mathematical consistency, these strings vibrate in 10-dimensional spacetime. And for consistency with our familiar everyday experience of the universe, with three spatial dimensions and the dimension of time, the additional six dimensions are 'compacted' so as to … Continue reading Found: A Quadrillion Ways for String Theory to Make Our Universe

37 Difficult Questions From My Mixed-Race Son

"Mommy, I have changed my name to "The Sixth Jackson."Wait, really? I'm supposed to say, 'This in my son, 'The Sixth Jackson.'?'No. You are supposed to say, "This is the Sixth Jackson." And then I will show them my moves. And then they will understand.Damn."—Mira Jacob. "37 Difficult Questions From My Mixed-Race Son." Buzzfeed. June … Continue reading 37 Difficult Questions From My Mixed-Race Son

What Books Changed the Way You Think About Almost Everything? | Hacker News

Discussion about books that have changed people's perspective, starting with original poster's experience with Freakonomics. Quite a few interesting book recommendations in this thread. A few recommendations I liked include: Peter Watson's Ideas, Jonathan Haidt's Righteous Mind, Donald Norman's The Design of Everyday Things, Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication, Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi, and Bruce … Continue reading What Books Changed the Way You Think About Almost Everything? | Hacker News

The Saint John’s Bible

"In 1998, Saint John's Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible." —Saint John's Bible A medieval-style illustrated Bible for modern times. Really interesting piece of art. Makes me think of Sandow Dirk's American Qur'an, which probably deserves a blog post of its own.