The Indomitable Spirit of Jason Heyward, a True Chicago Cub

I learned something from Jason Heyward last night. He taught me how toxic and unforgiving my own spirit can be, and how genuine and upright his spirit is. Continue reading The Indomitable Spirit of Jason Heyward, a True Chicago Cub

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How many possible chess games are there? (Part 1)

This is a bit of a trick question, because it’s actually downright near impossible to calculate. Some outstanding minds have addressed this problem, including Claude Shannon, the “father of information theory.” Shannon wrote a seminal paper in 1950, the first to formally describe how a computer could be programmed to play chess. (Alan Turing, the … Continue reading How many possible chess games are there? (Part 1)

The Cold War Means Your Brain Has More Radioactive Carbon-14 Than Your Grandparent’s Brain

What follows describes one of the most astonishing and sublime facts from science that I have learned in the last few years: It is a little-known fact that the Cold War waged decades ago between the Soviet Union and the United States has fundamentally altered the physical composition of current human beings. Specifically, we have … Continue reading The Cold War Means Your Brain Has More Radioactive Carbon-14 Than Your Grandparent’s Brain