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Essays About Math and Science
This document was most recently revised on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Getting a "higher education" often consists of learning more and more about less and less while understanding less and less about more and more.
Frontiersman, December 2007, page 2, footnote 1

 ^ Cosmology and the Law of Parsimony
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In this essay, I advocate that there was never a Big Bang, that the red shift isn't a Doppler effect, that the universe will never end, and a few other interesting things.
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An earlier version of Cosmology and the Law of Parsimony was published on pages 25-28 of the March/April 2004 issue, Volume 22, No. 2, Issue #139, of The Thought, the bimonthly journal of the Philosophers Guild.  The website of the Philosophers Guild has vanished.  Therefore, I've posted here a copy of that issue of The Thought.  If there's any objection from the Philosopher's Guild to the appearance here of that issue, then I'll remove it.
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Notice that the contact information shown in the version of the article published in The Thought is out-of-date.  If you want to contact me, then use the contact information that's provided on this website.Contact Me
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The Thought
March/April 2004, Volume 22, No. 2, Issue #139
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My Attempt to Contact the Philosophers Guild
20 K PDF File

 ^ Gobbledygook
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There isn't any such thing as space-time.

 ^ Hale-Bopp Object
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When I first heard about the Hale-Bopp Comet, I wrote this little essay.  In the essay, I speculated that the object wasn't a comet at all but was, instead, an approaching generation ship.  I suggested that the occupants of the ship were using a light sail to decelerate into our solar system.  I was wrong.  Here's the essay anyway.

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There's An Arrow In The Logic -or- Maybe Pie Are Square, Maybe Not
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Do you believe that it's impossible for an arrow to reach it's target?  Do you believe that it's impossible to divide by zero?  The proof is in the pie.

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Some Additional Items
Although this section of Pharos was originally intended to deal only with math and science, I've expanded the scope of information that's included in this added list.
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1994 ^ 
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The Race for Genetic Technology
(And Some Members of the Race Against It)
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, March 1994, Page 3
Miss Management15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, November 1994, Page 2
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1995 ^ 
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Blind Progress15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, January 1995, Page 3
Riddle for Chemistry Students15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 1995, Page 1
SETI and Simplicity15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 1995, Page 4
Laboratory Procedures15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, September 1995, Page 4
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1996 ^ 
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New Element Discovered15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, January 1996, Page 4
Material Safety Data Sheet15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, February 1996, Page 4
How Sacred Now, Dead Brown Cow?15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, May 1996, Page 3
Darkness15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, July 1996, Page 4
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1997 ^ 
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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics Again15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, February 1997, Page 2
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1998 ^ 
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High Dictation Television15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, September 1998, Page 1
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1999 ^ 
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This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
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Another Measure of Credibility15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, May 1999, Page 1
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2000 ^ 
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Men, Animals, and the Scientific Method15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, May 2000, Page 1
Learning from Auto Emission15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, September 2000, Page 2
Learning from Environmental Pollution15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, September 2000, Page 2
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2001 ^ 
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Egyptology: Might Not Be Suitable for All Family Members15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 2001, Page 1
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2002 ^ 
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Designing Nonsense15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, March 2002, Page 2
Burning the Candle at Both Ends15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, August 2002, Page 3
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2003 ^ 
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Stray Thoughts:  Hybrid Scam15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 2003, Page 1
Stray Thoughts:  Hydrogen Power15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 2003, Page 3
At Least the Bottles Have Handles15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, October 2003, Page 2
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2004 ^ 
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Poppa's Tree Test15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 2004, Page 2
Just Call Microserv Customer Extort15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, September 2004, Page 2
Microserv Customer Extort Update15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, October 2004, Page 2
Microserv Customer Extort Update 215x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, November 2004, Page 3
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2005 ^ 
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A Mockery of Good Design15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, March 2005, Page 1
Simplicity Lost15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 2005, Page 1
Understanding Gobbledygook15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 2005, Page 3
Doublespeak and Zerothink15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, July 2005, Page 1
Oil Follies15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, November 2005, Page 2
Foolsmobile15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, November 2005, Page 3
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2006 ^ 
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Stupidity and Greed: Ingredients of Capitalism15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, February 2006, Page 5
The Something-Time Deception15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 2006, Page 1
What a Tangled Web We Weave:
The Spider, The Wasp, and Spanish Fly
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Cocklebur Capitalism15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, September 2006, Page 2
Fantastic15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, November 2006, Page 1
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2007 ^ 
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The Pardon of Eden: Made In God's Image15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, December 2007, Page 1
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2008 ^ 
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Running Bored 15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, January 2008, Page 1
Proliferation15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 2008, Pages 1 - 2
Stray Thoughts15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 2008, Page 3
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2009 ^ 
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More to Life15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, May 2009, Page 1
Old Soldiers15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, June 2009, Page 3
Digital Downgrade15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, July 2009, Page 2
Fun and Games15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, September 2009, Page 3
That Only a Mother Could Love15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, November 2009, Page 1
Digital Revolution, Analog Revelation15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, December 2009, Page 2
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2010 ^ 
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Increased Public Awareness15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, January 2010, Pages 2 - 3
Power Bandit15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, March 2010, Page 1
Speculations About Seat Belt Sensors15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, March 2010, Page 2
Another Big Theory15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 2010, Page 1
Bicycle Dreams15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 2010, Page 2
Fantasy Factories15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, August 2010, Pages 1 - 3
Men of Two Minds and the Y-Not? Chromosome15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, October 2010, Pages 1 - 3
Survival Bottlenecks and Ockham's Razor15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, November 2010, Page 1
Neoanderthals15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, November 2010, Page 2
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2011 ^ 
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Genealogical Overkill15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, February 2011, Pages 2 - 3
Question Everything:  Determination of Sex15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 2011, Page 3
Restart Earth15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, May 2011, Page 3
Hindsight, Blindsight15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, July 2011, Pages 1 - 2
Nuts and Bolts15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, July 2011, Page 3
Vacufoam15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, August 2011, Page 3
Weed Killer15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, October 2011, Page 3
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2012 ^ 
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Human Society and Its Future15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, October 2012, Page 1
Fatal Flaw15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, October 2012, Page 3
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2013 ^ 
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Bambi's Observation15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, January 2013, Page 1
More on Marvels15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, February 2013, Page 1
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2014 ^ 
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Ol' Fateful15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, February 2014, Page 3
Not a Wine to Drink Alone15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, August 2014, Page 3
Still the Best Medicine15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, October 2014, Pages 1  - 2
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2015 ^ 
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A Really Scary Theory15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, January 2015, Pages 1 - 2
Theocosm15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, July 2015, Page 3
Somnambulant Society15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, August 2015, Page 3
Weather or Not15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, September 2015, Page 3
On Hope and Futility15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, October 2015, Page 3
Fish Story15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, November 2015, Page 3
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2016 ^ 
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A Dark Road15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, May 2016, Page 3
Beyond the Asymptote15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, July 2016, Page 3
The Color of Choice15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, August 2016, Page 3
Dogs, Differences, and Dictionaries15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, September 2016, Page 2
Numbers, Numbers, Everywhere,
Nor Any Stop to Think
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Plastic Peril15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, November 2016, Page 3
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2017 ^ 
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A Question of Intelligence15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, January 2017, Pages 1 - 2
The Biggest Ocean15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 2017, Page 3
Scientists Find New Element15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, May 2017, Page 3
Hubble Telescope Reveals New Details15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, May 2017, Page 3
Breakfast Baloney15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, July 2017, Page 3
Crazy Eddie Tech15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, August 2017, Pages 1 - 2
Getting Pretty Stupid15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, August 2017, Page 3
Walls15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, November 2017, Page 2
Ding-a-Ling Design15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, November 2017, Page 3
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2018 ^ 
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Bad Code, In Our Own Image15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, January 2018, Page 3
Sightings15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, February 2018, Page 3
And That's the Way It Is15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, May 2018, Page 1
Carnet: Rise of the Machines15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, June 2018, Pages 1 - 2
Commercial Message15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, November 2018, Page 1
Cull15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, November 2018, Page 1
Face It15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, December 2018, Page 2
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2019 ^ 
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Fantastic Technological Achievement15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, January 2019, Page 4
Invasive Fish, Evasive Facts15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, April 2019, Page 1
Cause an' Defect15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, May 2019, Page 1
Two Kings, Two Stories, Few Answers15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, May 2019, Page 2
The Thing15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, June 2019, Page 1
Rethinking Television15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, June 2019, Pages 2 - 4
Rethinking Replacement15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, July 2019, Page 2
Star Trick: Where No
Scientist Has Gone Before
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We've Lost Our Bearings15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, September 2019, Page 3
A Dying Breed15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFrontiersman, October 2019, Page 3

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