A triple threat blog post. Cleaning up my office today, I came across some must-share items.
You'll laugh. You'll be amazed. And befuddled. At least, I was when I read them.
"Share Our Joy" by Larry Doyle is one of those The New Yorker pieces that make me realize that if I have $50 left to my name, I could do a lot worse than spend it on a subscription to this always entertaining and informative magazine. Hugely humorous, Doyle is.
Also from The New Yorker, "Fragmentary Knowledge" is about what may be the world's first computer – the Antikythera Mechanism. It's at least two thousand years old, and way more sophisticated that you'd expect from the ancient Greeks. Made me think: we don't know it all, not even close.
Along those lines, "Where is the universe expanding to?" is a great question that I've spent quite a bit of time pondering. Scientists know that when the Big Bang banged, the universe began to expand. But into what? This answer in Scientific American befuddles as much as it explains, but that's the nature of cosmological reality – befuddling (quantum theory, even more so.)
(If you're up for more befuddling, check out "What is the universe expanding into?")