Tag Archives: oddity

The Plucked String Theory of Gravitation

In a Skype conversation with GaryK yesterday (one of the first in my planned series of conversations with smokers), I was trying to explain to him my new theory of gravitation. I’m not sure I succeeded. Over the past 20 … Continue reading

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Pure Geometry

Isn’t it a strange world that we live in? It’s one in which everybody knows that smoking causes lung cancer, but nobody seems to know who shot JFK. Hardened veteran readers will know that the assassination of JFK is one of my … Continue reading

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The George and Dragon

A story I saw in Google News today: A village pub which boasts a library and a shop after it was saved from closure through a community buyout has been named the best in the country. The George & Dragon … Continue reading

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Words

A year or two back, I found out that sunlight exerts a small force on everything it strikes. It’s called radiation pressure. I built it into my orbital simulation model, and using asteroids that weighed one kilogram and were 200 … Continue reading

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The Futile Search for Planet 9

I got interested in Planet 9 a week or so back. Planet 9 is a theoretical planet, estimated to be 3 or 4 times the size of the Earth, in a highly elliptical 20,000 year orbit around the Sun. And … Continue reading

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The Air Around Tom Paine

I occasionally start reading about something, and end up surfing the web for hours, pursuing fascinating leads. So it was that last night I found myself reading about Tom Paine. He’s a little-known figure in England, but in the USA … Continue reading

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Drone Parcel Delivery

I’ve been trying to write something about antismokers. But I’m waiting for a book to arrive in the post today – because the Royal Mail has emailed me to say it’s out for delivery. It could arrive at any moment. … Continue reading

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