Contrary To Popular Belief, Today Is NOT Pi Day In the late 16th century, Pope Gregory implemented the “Gregorian calendar” that we use today. The 12 months of the year are labeled starting with January as the first month, February the second, etc, with our New Year being Jan. 1st. Throughout antiquity many cultures have celebrated the New Year in March when the sun passes over the equator. This elevation of the sun designates the spring, with new life sprouting up, and hence where the original concept of “passover” is derived. If we were to label our months accurately, according [More]
The Fabric of the Cosmos Quantum Leap NOVA   “The Fabric of the Cosmos,” a four-hour series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, takes us to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time, and the universe. With each step, audiences will discover that just beneath the surface of our everyday experience lies a world we’d hardly recognize—a startling world far stranger and more wondrous than anyone expected. Brian Greene is going to let you in on a secret: We’ve all been deceived. Our [More]
The Secrets of Quantum Physics Episode 1 Einstein’s Nightmare BBC Documentary 2014 Professor Jim Al-Khalili traces the story of arguably the most important, accurate and yet perplexing scientific theory ever – quantum physics. The story starts at the beginning of the 20th century with scientists trying to better understand how light bulbs work. This simple question led them deep into the hidden workings of matter, into the sub-atomic building blocks of the world around us. Here they discovered phenomena unlike any encountered before – a realm where things can be in many places at once, where chance and probability call [More]