Thursday 28 July 2011

Galileo's Scrap

A good piece on a scrappy letter that was Galileo's first record of the moons of Saturn HERE

Rh Book Preface by James Watson

One of my great privileges was to get to know Ronnie Finn.

Professor Ronnie Finn FRCP (1930--2004)

Ronnie Finn received the Albert Lasker award (often known as the American Nobel prize in medicine) in 1980 for his contribution to the development of an effective treatment for Rhesus haemolytic disease. The resulting anti-Rh(D) injection, which is given to thousands of women worldwide every year, is estimated to have saved some half a million lives to date.

The book Rh; The Intimate History of a Disease and its Conquest by David R Zimmerman was published in 1973 it describes the history of this disease, first defined 40 years earlier and which is now preventable.

Here is the introduction to the book by James watson.

Friday 22 July 2011

Justin Partyka: The Place That Roger Built


Fibonacci manuscript

A page from the Liber abbaci manuscript. Leonardo da Pisa

Friday 15 July 2011

Maunder Diagram

Wednesday 13 July 2011

Simulated Swarming

From Robert Hodgin (here)

Bait ball from flight404 on Vimeo.

Friday 8 July 2011

I Ching

Ancient Chinese Concept of Change
The Astronomical Phenomena. (Tien Yuan Fa Wei). Compiled by Bao Yunlong in the 13th century. Ming Dynasty edition, 1457-1463.
The book is an explanation of the 'Ba Gua' used in the Yi-ching (I Ching or Classic of Changes, also known as the Book of Divination). According to this Chinese world view, the universe is run by a single principle, the Tao, or Great Ultimate. This principle is divided into two opposite principles--yin and yang. All phenomena can be understood using yin-yang and five associated agents, which affect the movements of the stars, the workings of the body, the nature of foods, the qualities of music, the ethical qualities of humans, the progress of time, the operations of government, and even the nature of historical change.