Is Math Objective? The Babylonians, the Chinese, and the “Pythagorean” Theorem

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”

Laws and Theories: Clearing the Confusion

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

Desktop Archaeology: Bluetooth Treasure Horde Unearthed in Germany’s Largest Island

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

A Short History of the Word: ‘Scientist’

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’”