Teaching Angela to appreciate history
In this episode we look at Albert Einstein’s Annus Mirabilis, the “miracle year” in which four of Einstein’s papers were published and the scientific understanding of physics was revolutionised. Specifically, on 30 June, 1905, Einstein submitted his paper entitled “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies” to the journal Annalen der Physik. This paper unifies the laws of classical mechanics with electricity and magnetism, and introduces major changes to the laws of mechanics at speeds close to the speed of light. This has become known as the theory of Special Relativity, which states that all uniform motion is relative, there is no absolute state of rest, and the speed of light is the same for all inertial observers regardless of the state of motion of the source.
A study published in the Journal of Human Evolution by Anders Högberg and Lars Larsso of Lund University, Sweden, has demonstrated a possible link between the large-scale production of tools and the development of human cognition and social behaviour. (Michael at one point says “salutationism” instead of saltationism. D’oh).
Angela speaks about a tour of the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) which was organised by Jaco de Bruyn of the Gauteng skeptics.
Oprah Winfrey has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of the Free State for her life-long dedication to
spreading pseudoscience education.
A paper presented by Ratcliff et al, of the University of Minnesota, at the Evolution 2011 conference entitled “Experimental evolution of multicellularity” describes how the researchers coaxed a unicellular yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, into multicellularity by subjecting the yeast to severe external pressure.
SETIStars has been launched to try and raise funds to restart the Allen Telescope Array and they need your help to continue their mission: listening to the universe in search of extraterrestrial life. You can follow the initiative on Twitter @SETIStars.
Feature: Interview with Rebecca Watson
This week we interview Rebecca Watson, the founder and fearless leader of Skepchick.org, co-host of the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe, writer and self-described ice-cream enthusiast. (We apologize for the abrupt end to the interview, by the way. The goodbyes and thank-yous were cut off by mistake).
“I prefer the concrete, the graspable, the proveable.” CMDR Spock, Star Trek (the original series), “The Return of the Archons”. http://www.archive.org/download/ConsilienceEpisode16/Consilience16.mp3