Friday, June 22, 2007

Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

R.I.P. Mr. Wizard!

Don Herbert, a.k.a. "Mr. Wizard," Died today at the age of 89.

I'm a bit young for the original run of Watch Mr. Wizard, but I did grow up on the reruns. I absolutely loved that show.

Whenever anyone asks me who the most important person in science is, I always answer Mr. Wizard (or his modern counterpart, Bill Nye). The simple reason is that he made science fun for a large number of children. I don't want to take anything away from all the great scientists who've made science as robust as it is today, but many of them might have chosen a different carreer path if it hadn't been for Mr. Wizard. And I don't want to take anything away from all the great science teachers who've influenced children around the world, but none had the reach of Mr. Wizard.

Good bye Don Herbert. You will be sorely missed.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Carnival of Mathematics: Edition IX is up

The ninth edition of The Carnival of Mathematics is up at JD2718. Sorry that I missed editions 7 & 8. I've been slacking a bit lately. This edition is a fun one. There were several posts about things that I always found fascinating when I was younger (and still do). Make sure to check out the posts on The Monty Hall Paradox, The Prisoner's Dilemna (including a new twist hadn't heard before), e^iπ + 1 = 0, and The Dollar Auction. Good stuff!