The Perihelion Effect


Kranzberg, Delillo, White Noise, Science, Technology, Fiction

William Gibson’s Neuromancer demonstrates how technique changes not only our view of the world around us, but enables us to see ourselves as changeable objects of the world. The world of Neuromancer is one where no form is sacred. The world is made over as a tool to be used, to be reshaped along with the reshaping of our needs.

Johannes Kepler

Johannes Kepler (December 27, 1571 – November 15, 1630) was a German mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer. A key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution, he is best known for his laws of planetary motion, based on his works Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astronomy. These works also provided one of the foundations for Isaac Newton’s theory of universal gravitation. During his career, Kepler was …

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Thomas S. Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Reading Thomas S. Kuhn’s book was an enlightening experience. Much more than a mere compilation of facts, Kuhn’s brilliant and insightful writing exposes the very roots of the problem of writing a “history of science.” Whereas other books I have read on the subject, have made their case based soley upon an abstract historicism, or …

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Alexander Chizhevsky

Alexander Chizhevsky Russian: Алекса́ндр Леони́дович Чиже́вский(also Aleksandr Leonidovich Tchijevsky) (February 7, 1897 – December 20, 1964) was a Soviet-era interdisciplinary scientist, a biophysicist who founded “heliobiology” (study of the sun’s effect on biology) and “aero-ionization” (study of effect of ionization of air on biological entities).[1] He also was noted for his work in “cosmo-biology”, biological rhythms and hematology.”[2] He may be most notable for his use of historical …

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Jevons and solar cycles

In 1875 and 1878, Jevons read two papers before the British Association which expounded his famous “sunspot theory” of the business cycle. Digging through mountains of statistics of economic and meteorological data, Jevons argued that there was a connection between the timing of commercial crises and the solar cycle. The basic chain of events was …

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