Welcome, have you ever heard about whale math? I was thinking big aquatic mammals when I saw the article and wondered what it had to do with books. Well now you can find out. Also we look at leisure and moving objects with sound! Pretty awesome. Sit back with your favourite beverage and enjoy some weekend reading.
|Today, in our culture of productivity-fetishism, we have succumbed to the tyrannical notion of “work/life balance” and have come to see the very notion of “leisure” not as essential to the human spirit but as self-indulgent luxury reserved for the privileged or deplorable idleness reserved for the lazy. And yet the most significant human achievements between Aristotle’s time and our own — our greatest art, the most enduring ideas of philosophy, the spark for every technological breakthrough — originated in leisure|
|or those just tuning in, "Whale Math" is the term outsiders have given to the bizarre business decisions of the Big Five publishers. Raising ebook prices to sell fewer print books is an example of Whale Math. Telling everyone that it's good that revenues have dropped 10% is another.|
|Researchers have made a breakthrough in controlling the motion of multiple objects on a vibrating plate with a single acoustic source. By playing carefully constructed melodies, the scientists can simultaneously and independently move multiple objects on the plate towards desired targets. This has enabled scientists, for instance, writing words consisting of separate letters with loose metal pieces on the plate by playing a melody.|
|The case for Planet Nine's existence keeps getting stronger.|
Astronomers have discovered several more objects in the extreme outer solar system whose orbital characteristics hint at the existence of an unseen "perturber" in the dark depths far from the sun — a hypothetical world larger than Earth that scientists are calling Planet Nine, or Planet X.
|There’s no better time for a reading binge than fall. It’s not too hot, and it’s not so cold that you have to swaddle yourself in blankets and sweaters. Plus there’s something about back-to-school season that makes me want to read non-stop.|