Archive for January, 2012

Astronomy Misconceptions in Literature

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Recently I highlighted an astronomical blunder by literary giant Ernest Hemingway in The Old Man and the Sea. He is far from unique. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles Dickens, James Thurber, Edgar Allen Poe, and others of similar literary greatness, have all similarly blundered.  A lot of the mistakes involve the moon: “Till clomb above the […]

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Science in Fiction: The Old Man and the Sea

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

There’s a fun, literary homework problem in the textbook I’m using this semester (Foundations of Astrophysics by Ryden and Peterson).  It’s a pretty good textbook overall, although it’s a bit calculus heavy for when some of our students take my course and it’s short on example problems.  One thing I do like is that the […]

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