Mathematics is viewed by many to be an objective science. There are independent co-discoveries in this highly abstract field. People discover the same mathematical things and relations despite having not met. This gives credit to the position that math is indeed objective. In this article, we are going to the mathematical concept we normally call the Pythagorean theorem; a concept that is not purely Pythagorean at all. It was discovered more than 1000 years before the philosopher Pythagoras was even born by the Babylonians. It too was independently discovered by the Chinese. Continue reading “Is Math Objective? The Babylonians, the Chinese, and the “Pythagorean” Theorem”
We often hear that scientists come up with theories and then when they are verified they become laws. Well, this is what I usually hear from our teachers in all levels of educations but this is dead wrong. They can’t be blamed entirely. It’s the way that it is conventionally understood and taught. I, too, believed this for the longest time in my relatively young … Continue reading Laws and Theories: Clearing the Confusion
Amateur archaeologists discovered a coin and jewelry horde on the Baltic Sea island of Rügen. The finds date back to the 10th century during the time of the Danish king Harald Bluetooth. Rene Schön and 13-year-old sidekick Luca Malaschnitschenko were sweeping an area near Schaprode of the northern Germany island with metal detectors last January 2018 when they came upon the treasure. At first, they … Continue reading Desktop Archaeology: Bluetooth Treasure Horde Unearthed in Germany’s Largest Island
Last 28 March 2018, The News Minute reported that a Sudoku-like inscription was found by a team of archaeologists in Tamil Nadu. Continue reading Desktop Archaeology: “Ancient Sudoku” or Magical Squares Uncovered in Tamil Nadu, India Possibly Dates to 17th Century
A capoeirista is what a person who practices the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira is called. He is expected to combine the three elements of dance, acrobatics, and music in displays and sporting bouts. But the capoeira that most of the world knows today is vastly different from what the originators of the fighting art had. Because before the inclusion of the bateria of berimbaus, pandeiros, … Continue reading Fighting Men: Capoeirista
The appellation scientist, stated Sydney Ross, is considered a title of honor. He added that this is hotly contended for by economists, engineers, physicians, psychologists, and others. In our contemporary age, it may have taken the mantle of the priest or the shaman for many people. But how did this word began? Did it just come about? Did someone invent it? Continue reading “A Short History of the Word: ‘Scientist’”
The philosopher and computer scientist Bo Dahlbom stated that “You can’t do much carpentry with your bare hands and you can’t do much thinking with your bare brain.” Why? Our bare brains are full of cognitive biases. If left untrained in wielding the right tools for thinking, appropriate solutions will be harder to find.