コスモス:時空と宇宙

2年前このテレビ番組を発券して、感動した。昔のカール・セーガンCarl Sagan)が作った番組に基づいて、現在の科学と技術にあわせて、コスモス:時空と宇宙Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey)である。

観たときすぐ日本人の友達にすすめたけど、あのとき英語版だけで、ちょっと複雑な英語が多くて、なかなかだれも興味なさそうだった。今間Netflixをみるとき、コスモスを見かけて、再生はじめた。英語版と日本語版を選べられる!やっと。したがって、日本人の皆さんにこの素晴らしいエデュテインメント番組をこころからすすめる。

この番組の基本のメッセージは「合理性」と「科学的な考え方」である。現在の世界にいろいろな宗教とスピリチュアリティが回ってるのに、割り切った考え方を使って、疑問して、省みってすすんだ方がいいというメッセージである。

日本語の版をNHKで2つの部分だけ放送されたけど、Netflixとナショナルジオグラフィックチャンネルで見える。

終わりに第1話のこころが響いてる言葉:

To make this journey, we need imagination, but imagination alone is not enough! Because the reality of nature is far more wondrous than anything we can imagine.

This adventure is made possible by generations of researchers strictly adhering to a simple set of rules:

  • test ideas by experiment and observation,
  • build on those ideas that pass the test,
  • reject the ones that fail,
  • follow the evidence wherever it leads,
  • and question everything!

Accept these terms and the Cosmos is yours!

僕は大学で「数学と論理学の入門」を教えるとき、これを学生にみせた。この風で勉強と研究すると、いい学生になると確信してる。

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Alan Lightman – The Accidental Universe

Recommended by one of my favorite blogs, Brain Pickings, as one of the best books of 2014, and written by physicist and novelist Alan Lightman (Wiki, MIT page), I immediately bought the book (eBook version) and finished it in short time.

Alan Lightman - The Accidental Universe_ The World You Thought You Knew

A collection of seven assays, titled “The Accidental Universe”, “The Temporary Universe”, “The Spiritual Universe”, “The Symmetrical Universe”, “The Gargantuan Universe”, “The Lawful Universe”, and “The Disembodied Universe”. 続きを読む

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Publish or Perish – typography where are you going?

Publish or Perish is a well known phrase describing the life of us scientists at the university – publish as much and as quickly as possible, or you perish! Many things have been written about the insufficiencies of this concept, many of the most famous mathematicians would have dropped out (been thrown out?) of their scientific career. But today I want to write on the other side, the journal side. Publish here means publishing as quickly and as much as possible, understandably from the economical point of view. But perish is something different for me: The death of Tyopgraphy!

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I recently got the final proofs of one of my articles, and I’m wondering how much worse it can get!

But before continuing I have to say that the publisher reacted promptly and fixed the spacing (with one small exception the layout is now fine). I still post this here since it should work as a warning for those submitting articles for publishing.

Read more for details and examples!

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