I came across an amazing website today called Science Questions with Surprising Answers. The website is run by Dr Christopher S. Baird, who teaches at the Department of Physics at University of Massachusetts Lowell. The website answers fascinating (and sometimes bizarre) questions with a rare balance of accuracy and clarity.
I particularly like the Chemistry section, which answers the question, “Are two atoms of the same element identical?” His answer is as follows:
“No. Two atoms of the same chemical element are typically not identical. First of all, there is a range of possible states that the electrons of an atom can occupy. Two atoms of the same element can be different if their electrons are in different states. If one copper atom has an electron in an excited state and another copper atom has all of its electrons in the ground state, then the two atoms are different…”
The blog actually reminds me of the book, What If?, which is a more comical (and less relevant) companion to this blog.
Browse his website and introduce it your students this semester!
Yesterday, jameskennedybeijing surpassed an all-time total of 10,000 views.
I’ve written 125 reviews, received 500 likes and now have 100 WordPress followers (that’s excluding social media sites). While the main purpose of this blog is to keep me motivated to read, it’s also satisfying when bloggers express gratitude for the writing of others.
I received the 7×7 link award a long time ago from photographer ephem(thank you!) but waited 8 months to pass it on. In keeping with the tradition of the award, I’m nominating my seven favourite blogs in no particular order. In keeping with my own tradition, I’ve summarised them all in just 6 words:
Blogs hold people accountable. My blog was a catalyst to get me reading more books, and it worked marvellously. I admire the way that many bloggers use their blogs not just to keep focussed and dedicated to their work, but to share their experiences as well. Comments facilitate this process further.
So keep blogging, keep reading and keep commenting.