Category Archives: Science

Happy Alan Turing Day!

It’s Alan Turing’s 100th birthday today, which he sadly didn’t survive to see, having killed himself shortly before his 42nd. His name quickly brings to mind his famous Turing machine, but perhaps his greatest contribution was his efforts cracking the … Continue reading

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A Planet of Diamond Carrying the Placard of Father Brown

I saw this a week or so ago but forgot, and it’s incredible: Astronomers discover planet made of diamond Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic … Continue reading

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Lord Byron’s “Darkness” and Some Other Things

A couple months ago I read Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. In the course of events a character is thrown into eternal night, which at the time reminded me strongly of Lord Byron’s poem, Darkness. “I should,” I … Continue reading

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Let There Be Light! Creation and Physics

Et vidit Deus lucem quod esset bona et divisit lucem ac tenebras. As a Catholic I feel no conflict between faith and science. I’m no more a fideist than I am a rationalist. So when someone says, “The universe was … Continue reading

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