Author Archives: Charles Scurlock

About Charles Scurlock

Charles is a recently retired architect/planner and generalist problem-solver with a lifelong interest in science, physics, and cosmology, and the workings of the human mind. He has started this blog in the interest of sharing his ideas with others of like-(or not so like) minds.

The errors of our ways

One of the small pleasures of the mind is the discovery, in an unexpected place, in another discipline, even, of support for a concept that you might have thought original, but, it turns out had been anticipated 500 years before. … Continue reading

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The Accidental Universe (Apologies to Alan Lightman°)

*Alan Lightman’s book with this title, a collection of thoughtful essays on the universe was published in 2013. In it he lays out an assortment of ways of looking at and interpreting the universe, some according to the standard models … Continue reading

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New eBook publication notice

After avoiding the challenge for almost a year, I’m happy to announce that both of my 2016 books, “the picnic at the edge of the universe,” and “imagine darkness,” have now been published as epub documents and are now available … Continue reading

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What we’ve learned, so far

The first two paragraphs of post number 1 of this blog, in June of 2011, laid out a set of goals for this publication. “The aim of this blog is to be the home of enquiries of a particular type, … Continue reading

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In the beginning was energy

“….during the 1820s, when explaining magnetism, Michael Faraday inferred a field filling space and transmitting that force. Faraday conjectured that ultimately, all forces unified into one. In the early 1870s, James Clerk Maxwell unified electricity and magnetism as effects of … Continue reading

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The Missing Sentence in Einstein’s General Relativity

“Many—perhaps most—of the great issues of science are qualitative, not quantitative, even in physics and chemistry. Equations and measurements are useful when and only when they are related to proof; but proof or disproof comes first and is in fact … Continue reading

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Is “something” out there?

In 2012, the well-known science writer Jim Holt produced a fascinating book titled “Why does the world exist.” In it he explores what some philosophers have called the prime question of philosophy, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” Now, … Continue reading

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