Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Physics of Sustainability

Here is a key paragraph from  President Obama’s inauguration speech on Monday, January 21st. 2013: For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling … Continue reading

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Where is our Tipping Point?

The spring semester is about to start. I am preparing to teach a new course on Physics & Society. I was chatting about the new course with a friend – a distinguished physicist. His comment was – don’t “forget” to … Continue reading

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Voices from the Farm and Beyond

Turkana Farms is a small-scale producer of heritage breed livestock and a wide array of vegetables and berries on just over 39 acres in Germantown, New York. It is run by two friends who have sent me the following message … Continue reading

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Vive La France Part 2 – The Power of Hot Bodies

In a New York Times Op-Ed (December 29, 2012), Diane Ackerman described an alternative way to get energy that will not pollute the environment – the power of a crowd. The first paragraph is cited below: As I waited with … Continue reading

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