Blogs on Science and the Arts for ScienceFriday.com
Two Cultures, Too Few Messengers
The NY Academy of Sciences day-long conference marking the 50th anniversary of the publication of C. P. Snow’s seminal lecture, “Two Cultures.”
A review of the BBC documentary that details the history of mathematicians' quest to understand the seemingly random distribution of these numbers and the agony of this unsolved mystery.
A review of the lush BBC production hosted by Oxford Professor Marcus du Sautoy, who ably walks viewers through the proofs (and failures to find proofs) on the part of the world's greatest mathematicians. We also experience the towns and cities where these thinkers lived and found inspiration.
Cooper critiques our healthcare system via medical mannequins who "reside" in a fictitious clinic on a website. They blog and croon music videos about medical ethics and dilemmas patients and caregivers face. Pharmaceutical "sponsors" help get the message across.
The neuroscientist and Nobel laureate continues to explore the themes ellucidated in his 2007 book of the same name. Petra Seeger's film also depicts Kandel and his family's visit to Vienna, where he lived until age nine before World War II.
Ken Burns discusses the thrill of learning about science from a park ranger, science education, and what he hopes viewers, especially children, will take away from the series.
ScienceFriday: A new blog, and have you caught the amazing magnetism in the Berkeley Hills, the video?
Charles Petit of MIT's Knight Science Journalism Tracker reviews my blog.
Magnetic Movie won the Imagine Science Film Festival's Nature Scientific Merit Award. But is the film a documentary about science or artistic expression? Here's what the filmmakers had to say.
The View, reimagined if it covered science. Hypothetical hosts discuss this October's women Nobel Laureates.
Between the Folds is a new documentary about origami, the Japanese art of paper folding––a gorgeous cinematic experience.
A review of a one-woman show by actress Emily Levine about her recovery from a serious illness––acromegaly.
A discussion of the portrayal of the female scientist in Ron Howard and Tom Hanks' new film, which is based on Dan Brown's novel about anti-matter.
Boys and girls attend Super Science Saturday and Science Cabaret at their New York CIty Upper West Side public school. In their cafeteria they handle organs of a human cadaver, name an Egyptian pigeon, hoola hoop against gravity, and more.
A new documentary invites you into a molecular biology lab and illuminates the risks and triumphs of three grad students and their principal investigator.
Let's Get Bookish About e-Readers and Study Them
Coverage of Alan Kay's speech (12/9/08) honoring Doug Engelbart upon the 40th Anniversary of the demo of the computer mouse, hypertext, and other features we take for granted today. Kay also analyzes what might have been, had Engelbart's full vision for computing been realized.
The concluding act of the opera about J. Robert Oppenheimer.
During which Mezzo Soprano Susan Graham Interviews Composer John Adams.
A review of Act One of John Adams' opera about the days just before scientists tested the atomic bomb in the desert in July 1945.
The holograms of correspondent Jessica Yellin and rapper Will.I.Am were fascinating and spooky. But should the technology be used to glam up reporters?
An account of Awards Night at the Imagine Science Film Festival. I discuss the criteria with Juan Carlos Lopez, Editor-in-Chief of Nature Medicine and a festival sponsor, and Darcy Kelley, Columbia University Professor of Neuroscience and a festival judge and advisor.
My first blog is a review of BLAST!, a documentary by Mark Devlin, in which astrophysicists struggle to launch their telescope from Antarctica.