Astrology: An Ancient Science

For thousands of years, humans looked to the skies and attempted to discern some meaning out of the movement of the planets. While we think of astrology today as being very different from the precise analysis of planetary bodies in astronomy, over much of human history these two studies have been the same. Indeed, many of the discoveries that today categorize the basics of astronomical knowledge come from an attempt to predict the future using the movement of … [Read more...]

The ‘God Particle’: What The Higgs Boson Means To You

Physics is the study of matter and its motion through spacetime. Physicists have learned that the universe is composed of particles of many types. Some of these particles are associated with matter, while others are associated with energy. The Higgs Boson is said to be the “God particle,” in that it helps to transform energy into matter. The World of Particles Particle theory deals with the world of the minute particles that make up matter. Though most people have … [Read more...]

Who Were The Puritans?

The puritans were a division of protestants in the 16th and 17th century from England. One sect in particular was called the English Calvinists. These people were sometimes outcasts from the regular clergy that did not believe in the more progressive nature of the Church of England at the time. The term puritan should not be confused with the idea that these people were pure of heart or mind; however this is what they thought of themselves. Historically the word … [Read more...]

Niko Tinbergen: Biologist of the 20th Century

Niko Tinbergen was a Nobel Prize winner in physiology and medicine (1973), a zoologist who published what is considered the first handbook on ethology, a prisoner of the Nazi army in The Netherlands and later a lecturer of ethology at the Oxford University. Dr. Nikolass Tinbergen passed away on the 21st of December 1988 in Oxford, England. Nikolass or 'Niko', as he was popularly known, was born in The Hague in The Netherlands in 1907 as the third of the five children … [Read more...]

The World War 2: War In The Pacific

The Pacific Theater of World War II doesn't feature as heavily in current media and culture as the European theater does. While the battle in Europe against the Germans has become a part of the American historical narrative regarding good versus evil, democracy versus fascism, and the concept of universal human rights versus genocide, the war in the Pacific was a bit...messier. At the time, the war against Germany was framed as a war on behalf of freedom and justice, … [Read more...]