I read in Live Science yesterday - Grammar Revealed in the Love Songs of Whales
Well, you know I don't do poetry, but this is different:
The love song of a humpback whale sounds magnificently free-flowing and improvised to the casual human listener.
But fresh mathematical analysis of shows there are complex grammatical rules. Using syntax, the whales combine sounds into phrases, which they further weave into hours-long melodies packed with information.
Art and Science
You know how much I love combining the sciences with the arts. Apparently, I'm not the only one. The Nation has an article reviewing The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th Century Science, Including the Original Papers by Alan Lightman.
In this book Lightman collected not only important breakthroughs but the papers the scientists wrote about them, claiming these papers have artistic merit:
Lightman seems to believe that the original articles have an aesthetic value in themselves. "Like poetry these papers have their internal rhythms, their images, their beautiful cystallizations, their sometimes fleeting truths," he writes, somewhat feverishly. They are "the great novels and symphonies of science."
Wikipedia vs. Encyclopaedia Britannica
I use wikipedia quite a bit despite it coming under attack about inaccuracies a few months ago. I do try to make sure that I use it more for general things rather than details. I trust the details less as they would attract less attention from other knowledgeable persons and would therefore be corrected less often.
However, according to Nature, similar amount of inaccuracies exist in Britanicca as well. I couldn't get the original Nature article, so this is just a fallout in BBC.
Grade 8 Math
Finally, from The Soapbox a little test of your Grade 8 math. Naturally, I got an A+ (10/10). Not trying to be obnoxious, just my geek facts of life...
Test your grade 8 math
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