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Reads tagged with “knowledge”

Brian Cox Explains Entropy and the Arrow of Time with Sandcastles and Glaciers
Brian Cox Explains Entropy and the Arrow of Time with Sandcastles and Glaciers

Understanding the joy and tragedy of the human condition through desert sand and polar ice.

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The Power of Simple Words, Animated
The Power of Simple Words, Animated

Getting from “no coordinates exist like one’s domicile” to “there’s no place like home.”

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Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck
Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck

On the value of unconscious association, or why the best advice is no advice.

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Comic Books as the Grimms’ Fairy Tales of Pop Culture
Comic Books as the Grimms’ Fairy Tales of Pop Culture

On making out the shape of our society through its gods of good and evil.

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The Science of Why the Past is Different from the Future, Animated
The Science of Why the Past is Different from the Future, Animated

Measuring the universe’s disorder in order to understand the arrow of time.

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Heinz Dilemma: A Hand-Drawn Interactive Animation to Test Your Moral Development
Heinz Dilemma: A Hand-Drawn Interactive Animation to Test Your Moral Development

Would you steal to save a loved one’s life, and how would you justify doing or not doing it?

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How Famous Words Originated, According to the Historical Oxford English Dictionary
How Famous Words Originated, According to the Historical Oxford English Dictionary

Hunting down five centuries of linguistic innovation.

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Alan Turing’s Reading List: Books the Computing Pioneer Borrowed From His School Library
Alan Turing’s Reading List: Books the Computing Pioneer Borrowed From His School Library

What Alice in Wonderland has to do with electromagnetic theory, relativity, and Pluto.

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At the End of the Rainbow: Vintage Film about Ultraviolet Light, 1946
At the End of the Rainbow: Vintage Film about Ultraviolet Light, 1946

In the beginning, there was ultraviolet light.

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Why Everything is Connected to Everything Else, Explained in 100 Seconds
Why Everything is Connected to Everything Else, Explained in 100 Seconds

Rockstar physicist Brian Cox uses quantum mechanics to illustrate one of the deepest truths of existence.

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