| Oct 3, 2011
| 10:04 PM
I cannot understand why the L.A. Times and the Daily Pilot continue on their editorial pages to defend the Irvine 11 (Editorial: Irvine 11, D.A. both made mistakes, Daily Pilot, Oct. 2; "Editorial: Punishing the 'Irvine 11' again, Los Angeles Times, Sept....
| Oct 4, 2011
| 3:34 PM
Tuesday's announcement that Hopkins astronomer Adam G. Riess will share this year's Nobel Prize in physics acknowledges his huge contribution to scientific knowledge. From the study of giant exploding stars millions of light-years from Earth, Mr. Riess...
| Oct 14, 2011
| 3:48 PM
If an engine can be a hybrid, why not a book?
"A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos" (Walker), the new work by science writer Dava Sobel, author of "Longitude" (1995) and "Galileo's Daughter" (2000) is half-narrative, half-...
| Dec 31, 2011
Earle Havens can almost hear their voices.
Each time Havens steps inside the George Peabody Library, he senses the muted exclamations, the murmured back-and-forth of a conversation that's been going on now for more than two millennia.
In one corner,...
| Dec 27, 2011
| 7:53 AM
Albert Einstein once said the reason he was able to accomplish so much was because he had "stood on the shoulders of giants" like Newton and Galileo. The Nobel Prize-winning physicist's remark was a reminder how much scientists depend on discoveries...
| Dec 31, 2011
For a more detailed tour of the nighttime sky listen to "Skylights" at antpod.com by Chris Kopco of the Brish Planetarium.
There are many bright stars and constellations in the January evening sky.
The bright winter stars are above...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 9:55 AM
Our book club is made up of 12 women who live in the same neighborhood in Homewood. Since 1996, our members have rotated hosting the monthly meetings and leading the discussions.
Nonfiction books such as "Madam Secretary" by Madeleine Albright, "Galileo'...
| Jan 5, 2012
| 7:11 PM
A trip through any of Tchaikovsky's later symphonies is a trip indeed. The Russian composer goes from the tragic to the triumphant, from the reverent to the dejected and doleful. Listening to them is an exercise of the mind into the glories of a past...
| May 22, 2011
From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are
How the American identity and its contradictions — democratic ideals and aristocratic pretensions — are...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 2:26 PM
While reading a book on contemporary physics some time ago, I realized that attempting to comprehend it was like trying to floss the teeth of a flea.
With broken fingers.
I managed to finish the book, but the...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 3:31 PM
The penultimate program of the Baltimore Symphony's season balances feel-good orchestral pieces by Osvaldo Golijov and Benjamin Britten against a piano concerto by Johannes Brahms packed with darkly emotional drama. It makes for an engrossing combination....