Some physics lectures and a bit of other stuff
i. A few physics lectures from Berkeley’s youtube channel. As they put it in the description: “The most interesting and important topics in physics, stressing conceptual understanding rather than math, with applications to current events.” I think it’s awesome that stuff like this is available for free for you to watch whenever you want to:
Note that there are a lot of lectures available here (26, each lasting about ~70 minutes).
ii. I may have blogged this before, but I don’t think so. Anyway this is just so cute you’ll not be harmed by watching it again in case you already have:
iii. “There’s also a long history of seemingly rational scientists who were willing to sacrifice their physical comfort, as well as their lives, for the sake of knowledge.” Keyword: Seemingly.
I won’t comment on the others, but mr. Hill’s experiment as described in that article could in my opinion aptly be categorized as insane (‘do the same thing over and over and expect different results…’).
iv. “before the development of modern prison systems, the death penalty was also used as a generalised form of punishment. During the reign of Henry VIII, as many as 72,000 people are estimated to have been executed. By 1820 in Britain, there were 160 crimes that were punishable by death, including crimes such as shoplifting, petty theft, stealing cattle, or cutting down trees in public place.” (more)
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