Academics In Wonderland

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Charles Dodgson [aka Lewis Carroll] had a very British family background that was steeped in service to the British Crown and the Church of England. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen … Continue reading

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The Physics of the Phoenix

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Early last year I reviewed The Physics of the Oozlum Bird. The Physics of the Oozlum Bird is intriguing because it has the ability to fly around in ever-decreasing circles until it disappears [with an almighty big bang] into a … Continue reading

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Rock Around the Clock

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I greatly admire George Dodwell’s dogged [but doomed] determination to inform mainstream astronomy that Simon Newcomb’s Formula for the Obliquity of the Ecliptic was flawed because it couldn’t be reconciled with the observational data dating back to 1,100 B.C. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axial_tiltContinue reading

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Celestial Crystal Balls and the Temple of Amen-Ra

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Newtonian Celestial Mechanics has been plagued by problems from the very beginning. Firstly, Isaac Newton [1642-1727] provided “no hypotheses” about how his hypothetical “invisible force” was mediated “instantaneously” over “vast distances”. Newton’s theory of gravity offered no prospect of identifying … Continue reading

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Axial Tilt – Game Over

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IF Jupiter has released a series of planets into the inner Solar System THEN the data suggests the Axial Tilt and Heliocentric Inclination of these planets approaches zero as their orbital distance from the Sun approaches zero. Mercury, for example, … Continue reading

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The Earth is from Saturn – The Moon is from Jupiter

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The concept of Axial Tilt [aka Obliquity] is very straightforward. In astronomy, axial tilt, also known as obliquity, is the angle between an object’s rotational axis and its orbital axis, or, equivalently, the angle between its equatorial plane and orbital … Continue reading

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Inclined to Push and Pull

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The Heliocentric Inclinations of the planets in the Solar System can be used to visually interpret the Solar Wind imagery that encapsulated the results of the Ulysses mission. The Ulysses spacecraft completed two orbits through the solar system during which … Continue reading

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Inclination to Eccentricity

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Wikipedia provides a List of Gravitationally Rounded Objects of the Solar System from which 23 entries could be deemed to be a planet of some description or another [Planets, Dwarf Planets and Most-likely Additional Dwarf Planets]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_gravitationally_rounded_objects_of_the_Solar_System Note: Data augmented … Continue reading

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Heliocentric Inclinations for Surfing

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The mainstream has a strange preference for reporting Geocentric Orbital Inclinations [for the planets within the Solar System] with reference to the Geocentric Ecliptic. Orbital inclination is the angle between a reference plane and the orbital plane or axis of … Continue reading

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Geriatric Geocentric Geometry

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Egotistical astronomers have a predilection for thinking they are the Centre of the Universe. Perhaps this explains why astronomers are comfortable with Geocentric Cosmology. In astronomy, the Geocentric Model (also known as geocentrism, or the Ptolemaic system) is a description … Continue reading

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The Society for the Detection of a Missing World

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In Old and New Astronomy [1892] Arthur Ranyard states that in “Kepler’s day” the gap between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter was thought to represent the “vacant track” of a destroyed planet. It was noticed by Copernicus, and later … Continue reading

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1892 The Voyeur’s Guide to Venus

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Richard Anthony Proctor [1837-1888] was an English astronomer and author who left his “largest and most ambitious work” Old and New Astronomy unfinished when he died. In 1881 he founded Knowledge, a popular weekly magazine of science (converted into a … Continue reading

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Groupthink

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In my naivety I though the concept of the Information Age was about developing a “knowledge-based society” where well informed individuals are allowed “to explore their personalized needs”. Thankfully, Wikipedia put me straight. Wikipedia reliably informs me I am “surrounded” … Continue reading

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Repulsive Bodies

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It has long been know that wells experience tides. At Gades [Cadiz, Spain], which is very near the temple of Hercules, there is a spring enclosed like a well, which sometimes rises and falls with the ocean, and, at other … Continue reading

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Brownian Motion – In-coherent Science

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Welcome to the weird and wacky world of In-coherent Science. The history of In-coherent Science can be traced back to the early years of the 20th century when the motion picture business was in its infancy. Around the turn of … Continue reading

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Tobacco’s Bum Rap

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During the 1900s in the United Kingdom men were consuming almost seven pounds of tobacco annually [on a per capita basis]. Cigarettes have largely replaced other forms of smoking in the past seventy years, during which time tobacco consumption has … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Caesium-137 Correlation

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Caesium-137 is a well studied radioisotope because of its “high affinity to fine soil particles”. Caesium-137, Cesium-137, or Cs-137 is one of radioisotopes of caesium with a nominal atomic mass of 137. … It is an artificial radionuclide with a … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Nuclear Fallout Correlation

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The correlation between nuclear fallout and the epidemic of male coronary heart disease can be traced back in the United Kingdom to 1942 and the Manhattan Project. Secular and geographical trends in sex differences in coronary heart disease mortality D … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Chemical Weapons Correlation

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The First World War [28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918] was grotesque and deadly. The total number of deaths includes about 10 million military personnel and about 7 million civilians. The Entente Powers (also known as the Allies) lost … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Elephant in the Room

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The publication in 1953 of the [now] infamous cherry-picked graphic by Ancel Keys [claiming a clear correlation between degenerative heart disease deaths and dietary doses of fat] encouraged John Yudkin to delve into the murky depths of diet, death and … Continue reading

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