The Science of Paul Anderson’s Event Horizon – The Science of Our Fear

As an eleven year old boy I started to watch horror films. Whether this had a negative influence on my psyche remains to be seen but this was really the consequence of circumstance rather than poor parenting on my folks’ behalf. It was just a really bad coincidence that the first horror film I (inadvertently) … Continue reading The Science of Paul Anderson’s Event Horizon – The Science of Our Fear

How to Destroy the Universe and 34 other really interesting uses of Physics

How to Destroy the Universe and 34 other really interesting uses of Physics by Paul Parsons. How to Destroy the Universe is a part of a series of books of a similar name, each of which emphasizes the various usages of science in our everyday and not-so-everyday life. This book series includes titles such as … Continue reading How to Destroy the Universe and 34 other really interesting uses of Physics

Biochemistry of Michael Bay‘s “The Rock”

Michael Bay is not particularly known within the scientific community as someone who cares about accurate representations of scientific principles (e.g. Armageddon… All of it). Nonetheless his 1996 release, The Rock, is one of my favorite action films and probably his best ever film release in terms of quality movie-making. Without spoiling too much of … Continue reading Biochemistry of Michael Bay‘s “The Rock”

What is astrochemistry?

The short answer: Chemistry in space. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? A completely unbiased answer would be: “Yes”. But in all seriousness, for me personally, this is indeed the case. In my view, astrochemistry abides by the abstract. Weird chemistry. Chemistry that, to the novice, makes absolutely no sense. In a sense it constitutes a “chemical objet … Continue reading What is astrochemistry?

Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove of Unexpected Entertainments

Mathematical Curiosities by Alfred S. Posamentier & Ingmar Lehmann I promise not to tell a lie. I found this book a bit frustrating to read. The frustration stems from the fact that half of the time I was mesmerized by the mathematical curiosities promised by the title while the other half of the time I … Continue reading Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove of Unexpected Entertainments

Women in Science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world

Women in Science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world by Rachel Ignotofsky Fact #1. The history of scientific discovery is a vast sausage fest, layered with facial hair of varying majesty. Fact #2. Historically, the scientific contributions of the double-X-chromosomed half of humanity have often been disregarded and even discredited in lieu of the chauvinistic status … Continue reading Women in Science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world