A Cosmologically Centered Definition of Hydrogen

An anonymous wit defining hydrogen in light of the Big Bang Theory
As relayed by David Christian in his book Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History


Book cover of "The Maps of Time"

The Central Dogma of Molecular Biology

Francis Crick, OM, FRS (1916 – 2004), a British molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist
first articulated in 1958 and restated in August 1970
“Central dogma of molecular biology.” Nature 227 (5258): 561-3.
Bibcode 1970Natur.227..561C doi:10.1038/227561a0 PMID 4913914


Central Dogma of Molecular Biology
Central Dogma of Molecular Biology


On Telephones and Architecture

John J. Carty (), first head of Bell Laboratories, 1908


On the Fallacy of Diminishing Returns

Nominated for quote of the week, which I encountered while reading Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist:

Thomas Jefferson (), American Founding Father and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776)
in a letter to Isaac McPherson


Dictionary: A Malevolent Literary Device

Ambrose Bierce (), American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist
in The Devil’s Dictionary


What We Call the Past is Built on Bits

John Archibald Wheeler (), American theoretical physicist


HARASS SARAH is a PALINdrome, as well as a popular left-wing sport.

This is definitely the quote of the week:

Sol Golomb, mathematician and information theorist
via personal communication while discussing a palindromic word puzzle


HARASS SARAH is a PALINdrome, as well as a popular left-wing sport.

The Hidden Player

Thomas Henry Huxley

Paul Halmos on Prerequisites

Definitely the quote of the day:

Paul Halmos (1916 – 2006, Hungarian-born American mathematician
in Measure Theory (1950)


This is essentially the mathematician’s equivalent of the adage “Fake it ’til you make it.”

A New Low in Quantum Mechanics

R. Shankar in Principles of Quantum Mechanics


He really has a great sense of humor, doesn’t he?