Light is something we experience every day. For most people, “light” refers to what humans can detect with our eyes. It is illumination, what ignites our visual sense, the yin to the yang of dark. However, the type of light humans can detect with our eyes is just a sma...

The Earth at night. Credit: NASA

On Saturday, March 24th, between 8:30 and 9:30 pm local time, people around the globe will shut off their lights to participate in Earth Hour. The idea behind it is to “switch off lights and make noise for the Earth,” to highlight climat...

Closing Ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Credit:  Korea.net / Korean Culture and Information Service (Korean Olympic Committee) CC BY-SA 2.0

The next round of the Winter Olympic Games will occur between February 9th and 29th in PyeongChang, Korea. Th...

December 19, 2017

Most of us probably think of energy a quite a bit. We comment on how much energy we are feeling or lacking, etc. Perhaps we give some extra consideration to the concept of energy when our monthly bill from the utility company arrives. On a larger scale, we may worry ab...

December 6, 2017

We are so incredibly honored for "Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe" to be selected as one of the Smithsonian Magazine's Ten Best Science Books of 2017, as well as BuzzFeed's This Year's Best Books! Many, many thanks to them for including us in such fantastic lists...

November 20, 2017

Understanding scale, or magnitude, is essential for making informed decisions in modern society today. Is that figure just quoted by a politician a lot or a little? Did the news just report something incredibly important or within the range of normal?

We wrote “Magnitud...

November 1, 2017

Many moons ago, our society existed in simpler times. We refer to this epoch as “PS,” or Pre-Starbucks.

Once upon this “PS” time, we didn’t have the ubiquitous green logo on many city corners or in country stores. (There was once even a time when a Dunkin’ Donuts didn’t...

October 25, 2017

Our new book, “Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe,” goes on sale on November 7th. We are so excited for the book to make its way out into the expansive world that we’d like to extend a special offer. If you order a copy of the book by November 14, 2017 and send us pr...

October 18, 2017

What do natural disasters, gravitational waves from space, and Taylor Swift have to do with one another? The obvious answer is “not much.”

However, these seemingly disparate phenomena all have one very important thing in common: the requirement to comprehend and consume...

We are about a month away from our latest book, "Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe" being released (November 7, 2017)!  To celebrate, today we are dropping our homemade book trailer.  Yes, that's right, we made it ourselves with very little video production expertis...

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