I wrote a post about the Nobel Prize for physics yesterday, and one for the Nobel Prize for Chemistry today. However, I don’t intend to write about the literature prize tomorrow, unless either Margaret Atwood or Bob Dylan wins. So we’ll see; I think Atwood is certainly deserving, but I am no oracle. In the meantime, here are some links to keep you busy:
- On the subject of quasicrystals, Greg Gbur reposted a great article he wrote two years ago, which provides a lot of details I left out of my own post. I love the Roman 20-sided die, linked here.
- Frank Swain provides a personal vignette about quasicrystals. Make sure you read to the end for his wonderful statement about seeing and understanding.
- Via science artist Michele Banks (Artologica), another 20-sided icosahedron from the 2011 Mathematical Art Exhibition.
- Returning to the faster-than-light neutrino question, Davide Castelvecchi provides another perspective (with input from Lawrence Krauss, who knows of what he speaks).
- Steve Silberman collected tributes to great teachers from science writers Deborah Blum, Ed Yong, Rebecca Skloot, Maggie Koerth-Baker, David Dobbs, and others. Go read it. Now.
Finally, if all that reading has worn you out, go watch this video of the Sun eating a comet whole. Because who doesn’t love seeing cosmic destruction, if it causes no harm to us?