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Giordano Bruno: Expander of the Copernican Universe

Giordano Bruno, or Iordanus Brunus Nolanus (1548–1600), was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, and cosmological theorist, born in the Kingdom of Naples. He extended the then novel Copernican model and proposed that the stars were just distant suns surrounded by their own exoplanets and raised the possibility that these planets could even foster life of their own.

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Focus

We, as a society, have become too easily distracted. We are all suffering these days from lack of focus, and it could get worse.

Old Age, Divine Age, Why Not?

Aging (or ageing) is the process of becoming older. In a narrow sense, the term refers to biological aging of human beings, animals, and other organisms. In a broader sense, aging can refer to single cells within an organism (cellular senescence) or to the population of a species (population aging).

The Slide Rule

Perhaps, in the far distant back of times, man in his need to somewhat quantify what he had collected to survive, needed to count, and his own fingers and toes became a good first instrument always available, so that easily got to 20 units.

Fun in the Classroom

Each class session is a different performance. Whether the instructor is at the top of his or her form or feeling very low that day, a mask must come over him or her, and the show commences at the appointed class start time. From that

Written Communications

No matter if an engineer did the best job in the world with a design, if the person responsible for the design cannot communicate the design effectively, then the design effort was wasted. That’s the reason that I gave to my Transport Processes Design course students for requiring that they paid attention to communications in their design reports equal to the attention they paid to technical aspects of their designs.

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Languages and Disabilities: Is There Anything BME Can Help Out With? Some History, Too

The Indo-European Languages (IELs) are a family of several hundred related tongues and dialects. There are about 445 living IELs with over two-thirds (313) of them belonging to the Indo-Iranian Branch (IIB). The most widely spoken IEL by native speakers are Spanish, English, Hindi, Portuguese, Bengali, Russian, Persian, and Punjabi, each with over 100 million speakers. Today, 46% of the human population speaks an IEL natively, by far the highest of any language family.