A Babylonian brain

What do Euclid, twelve-years-old Einstein, and American president James Garfield have in common? They all came up with elegant proofs of the famous Pythagorean theorem, one of the most fundamental rules of geometry and the basis for innumerable practical applications,

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Green stars and grey squares

Humans are often described as “language animals”, implying that the ability to communicate linguistically makes humans unique. Big-Tech giants are pushing artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning technologies to build machines capable of talking and writing to a such a

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The sound of the smallest

In the second half of the XVII century, the Dutch scientist Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek described the wonderful worlds revealed by his amazing microscopium in hundreds of letters sent to the Royal Society of London. In this correspondence he told of the first microscopic

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Earth doesn’t flip, you wingnut!

Unless you are among the crew of space-enterprise enthusiasts, that is a peculiar species of kids from the late 1950s to which I myself belong, very few remember how the Salyut–7 Soviet low-Earth orbiting space station famously “died” in 1985, when a loss of power from a short-circuit shut

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All the friends of Wigner

In one of my recent posts, I hinted at the practical paradox presented by the “electric” Aharonov-Bohm effect, in that such a phenomenon should affect charges traversing a region where an electric field existed previously. This singular and counter-intuitive effect of dissociation of

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