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Kepler’s Planetary Bonanza on SciShow

I meant to post this earlier, but it slipped down the list. If you haven’t seen it yet, SciShow did a segment earlier this month on the bonanza of planets discovered via the Kepler Space Telescope. My article on verification by multiplicity got a special shout-out in the credits on the YouTube page (see the […]

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What is Verification by Multiplicity?

There’s been a buzz the last few days about the 715 new planets that NASA has verified, using data from the Kepler Space Telescope. This discovery doubles the number of known planets, and turned up four new planets that could possibly support life. Beyond the sheer joy of the discovery, one of the interesting aspects […]

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Goldbach’s Celestial Atlas

Christian Goldbach, Prussian mathematician. Probably most famous for the Goldbach conjecture, one of the oldest unsolved problems in mathematics: Every even integer greater than 2 can be expressed as the sum of two primes. The story goes that he scribbled this conjecture in the margin of a letter he wrote to Euler. In fact, he […]