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God of the Mathematicians

January 21, 2012

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Statistics In 1996, a survey was conducted by the Yale historian Edward Larson which asked a sample of scientists about their religious beliefs. The group’s aim was to discover whether religiosity among scientific academics has diminished, compared to results of a a similar survey from 1916.[1] The study found little change in the spread of response. You’ll be… [Read more…]

Kepler and Jesus’Star

December 12, 2011

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Who vagrant transitory Comets see, Wonders, because they are rare: but a new starre Whose motion with the firmament agrees, Is miracle, for there no new things are. From John Donne’s ‘To the Countesse of Huntingdon‘ [Appears in Arthur Koestler (1959) 'Sleepwalkers: A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe'] ———————— In 1604, while… [Read more…]

The Day Benjamin Franklin Caused an Earthquake

November 9, 2011

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In the early morning of November 18th 1755, eastern American felt the strongest earthquake the colonies had ever experienced. Witnesses reported it lasted for an uninterrupted 4 minutes. The earth cracked and walls fell. Chimneys collapsed and thousands of buildings were damaged. And it was all Benjamin Franklin’s fault. Well, that’s what Boston’s Rev. Thomas… [Read more…]

4 Obviously Wrong Ideas – That Took Centuries to Debunk

November 4, 2011

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Introduction Modern scientific inquiry assumes, as a base assertion, that knowledge about the physical world cannot be usefully attained with thought alone. You would think that this would go without saying.  However, for many centuries it was the contrary assumption that predominated.  This view of knowledge was so persuasive that it took centuries to discover some… [Read more…]

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