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Adam Frank

Adam Frank appears in the following:

Eternity: How To See Forever On Your Dirty Car

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Carl Sagan, an astronomer with the soul of a poet, liked to remind us that we were all made of "star stuff." It was, without a doubt, one of his most beautiful images. Astrophysicist Adam Frank says it's not just an abstract concept; you can reach out and feel it in the space dirt covering your ride.

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How To See Forever On Your Dirty Car

Monday, October 28, 2013

When you fall in love with science, ordinary, everyday stuff can suddenly seem extraordinary. That's how NPR Blogger and astrophysicist Adam Frank sees it — today he sees it in dust.

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The Two Faces Of Science

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Science is radical and conservative at the same time, almost as if it exists in a quantum state. Commentator and astrophysicist Adam Frank says this is the tension at play today as his community struggles with whether to keep faith in the laws that determine the one universe we see or jump ship for the promise of the multiverse.

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Walk Or Run In The Rain? There's An Equation For That

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

You'll get wet if you are out in the rain; that's a given. Will running through the rain get you wetter, or will it save you from a few drops? MinutePhysics illustrates the answer in this entertaining video.

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Life Gives Sight To A Chaotic Universe

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Chaos rules the universe. But life fights back, nurturing order and structure within the maelstrom. Astrophysicist Adam Frank says that our struggles against the inexorable forces of entropy are a gift to the cosmos.

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Sometimes, The Old Ways Are The Best Ways

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Astrophysicist Adam Frank rings in the new school year with a meditation on the choice between kicking it old school with chalk on a blackboard or going new school with the latest classroom technologies.

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Simulating The Cosmos With AstroBEAR

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

When he isn't writing about big-picture topics here at 13.7, physicist Adam Frank is busy at the University of Rochester digging into the mysteries of the universe with a state-of-the-art astrophysical simulation tool called AstroBEAR.

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The Dangers Of Being Right

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

In science and math the distinction between right and wrong really means the difference between being factually correct or incorrect. But what about other kinds debates? What is the cost of our determination to be right about all things all of the time? Adam Frank thinks it's often too high.

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How To Fall Forever Into The Night Sky

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Gravity has long worked to keep us from understanding our place in the universe. You, however, can do something about that. Go find a dark, comfortable field and lie down. Soon your perspective on the stars, and our place among them, will shift, altering your view of the universe forever.

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The Power Of Science And The Danger Of Scientism

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Steven Pinker's recent New Republic essay titled "Science Is Not Your Enemy" has generated lots of discussion. Commentator Adam Frank's response is to call out Pinker for missing a key point in the debate around the squishy concept of scientism.

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Black Holes + Wormholes = Quantum Answers

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

For 60 years researchers have been searching for a way to unite our separate understandings of the very large and the very small into a single coherent theory. Now a remarkable new idea is raising eyebrows, and hopes, around the world. Has the path to solve this problem just been found?

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Can You Trust A Robot? Let's Find Out

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Robots are no longer a dream. They are growing in complexity and importance. So now, researchers have decided, is the time to start studying how we interact with them. Are they more dangerous than we realize?

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Reading Science: A Story Of Consensus And Community

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Science and literature may seem like two very different things. But the literature of science is, in fact, the very underpinning of almost everything we know. Adam Frank says now is the time to start thinking about how to make the foundations of science more accessible to the people who rely on its findings: you.

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To The '13.7' Community: I Love You, Man!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Adam Frank takes note of, and offers heartfelt thanks for, the response to his post on poetry and physics. It wasn't expected. But it was entirely welcome and fun.

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Physics And Poetry: Can You Handle The Truth?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

What does it mean for a poem to be hard? Is it the same thing as when science is hard? Should we expect to need a class to help us understand poetry, just as we expect to need one for understanding electromagnetism? Where, exactly, do we expect to find our truths and how hard should we expect to fight for them?

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Falling: How To Meet Einstein In An Elevator

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Want to free yourself from the tyranny of gravity's constancy and see space bend? Like Einstein, just get into an elevator and pay close attention.

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How To Love The Zombie Apocalypse

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

How did the Zombie Apocalypse become a ubiquitous all-consuming (no pun intended) meme? Adam Frank says we keep re-telling this story because it's trying to tell us something about the future. Are we listening?

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Will Commerce Open The Doors To 'Eastern' Philosophy?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Is it really possible that the civilizations that grew up in the "other" hemisphere have nothing useful to say about value, the categories of experience or the nature of mind? No. Luckily, we may be on the cusp of a new global era for philosophy.

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A Brave New World: Big Data's Big Dangers

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Big Data raises concerns about more than just privacy. The debate opening up before us is an essential one for a culture dominated by science and technology. Who determines if a technology is adopted? Who determines when and how it will be deployed? Who owns our data? What are our rights in this new world?

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Putting The Fun Back Into Fundamental Science

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Given the resistance that has grown in this country to any form of science that treads too closely to someone's cherished ideology, celebrating science for the gift that it is with a big, honking festival seems like a good idea, says commentator Adam Frank.

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