Category: Science

How science got women wrong

“Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong” by Angela Saini

“Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong” was second on my reading list. It sheds light on gender bias in anthropology, biology and psychology. I was drawn to the book as it combines science and gender – two topics that I love. The author, Angela Saini, delivers an abundance of interesting findings and defies scientific gender myths […]

The Uncertainty Principle

Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle

Today, I watched a lecture on Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle – one of the most famous ideas in Physics. The Principle states that: “the more precisely you know the position of a particle, the less precisely you can simultaneously know the momentum of that same particle, and vice versa.” The idea might seem simple at first […]

Expansion of the universe

The expansion of the universe

For the past 5 billion years, the universe has been expanding at an increasing rate. This was first discovered in the 1920s by an astronomer called Edwin Hubble. The other day, I read about the way Hubble managed to observe the expansion of the universe. I found it fascinating to realise that he was able […]

Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman is one of the people who inspires me the most. I admire him, not only because he was a brilliant physicist, but mostly because of his attitude to life. I admire his curiosity and creativity. He wanted to understand everything that was going on around him. A simple question such as: “why pasta […]

Decartes’ life

Men of Mathematics In this short video, Freeman Dyson recommends a book called “Men of Mathematics”. The book provides an insight into the lives and contributions of the greatest mathematicians, from Zeno to Poincaré. Both Freeman Dyson and John Nash, two incredible mathematicians, have spoken about this book. Apparently, reading it encouraged them to pursue Mathematics as […]

Alice De Schutter, blog post on mental models.

Broadening my set of mental models

Last month, my dad showed me an interesting article about mental models. Mental models can be seen as “the mind’s toolbox for making decisions”. The article highlights the benefits of having as many as possible. According to the author, this leads to clearer thinking. As I read the article, I realised that one of the reasons I […]

The Selfish Gene

“The Selfish Gene”, Richard Dawkins

“The Selfish Gene” was published about 20 years after the discovery of the structure of the DNA. At the time, a lot of scientists believed that natural selection was acting at the level of the group. They thought that selfless behavior in an individual could only be explained by a process in which the individual acted […]

Introduction to Superposition (quantum physics)

Here is a super interesting MIT lecture on superposition, “the ability of a quantum system to be in multiple states at the same time until it is measured”. This is only the 1/25 lecture that covers the basics of quantum physics. Hopefully I will have the time to watch them all by the end of the month. […]

“The Growth Mindset”

Today, I watched a video that talked about “the growth and the fixed mindset”. The growth mindset is one in which you understand that growth and ability is developed through hard work. On the other hand, the fixed mindset is one in which you believe that you are born a certain way – with fixed […]

Kip Thorne

A few weeks ago, my mum told me to look up “Kip Thorne”: a theoretical physicist who won this year’s Nobel prize in physics (2017) and who is also known for his contribution to the film Interstellar. His work is amazing and I thought I would link a few interesting videos of him here: * His […]