The hardest part of living in a pandemic for me — setting aside the constant reminders of an ever rising death toll — is the inability to accept that this is now normal. We are just going to lose a year of our lives. 1% of our time alive just was zapped away by some… Continue reading Emotional Distancing
The decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement was not backed up in science. Trump didn’t try to argue against the science yesterday in his speech instead focusing on the economics of the matter. Differing economical outlooks are expected because we do not understand our economies as well as we understand our climate. This isn’t… Continue reading Climate Change Basics
The Paris Climate Agreement, incredibly, was reached by nearly 200 countries. Countries that rely on coal and countries that are soon going to be underwater signed on to the same goal of limiting the global temperature rise due to man made climate change. The United States must be a part of any agreement like this.… Continue reading Paris and Pragmatism
This might be better titled “I don’t have a life, let me tell you about it.” On the other hand, this is a good chance to see how the process of designing an experiment and then liaising the data with theory in order to make a prediction. Twenty six of the first forty four days in 2017… Continue reading How Tall is that Tree?
It is clear that truth and reason are serving a diminished role. Decisions are not being made based on calculated truths but rather based upon irrational fears. I can not state how deeply this disturbs the physicist in me. One of my good friends was a graduate student in physics at the University of Michigan… Continue reading Science in a Post-Truth Regime
Source: Hubblesite.org My first paper was published yesterday by the Astrophysical Journal. Here are a few things that I learned during the process of researching, doing the dirty work, writing, editing, submitting, waiting, etc. Successfully publishing a paper is 90% dirty work. When all of the research is done, there is still at least half of… Continue reading First Paper
Today, I was curious. I went to the home page for the highest circulated news paper in the ten largest metro areas, two additional widely circulated national news papers, and the top three cable news providers and searched for the words “Trump” and “Clinton.” The results are presented below. News Outlet Trump Clinton New York Times 24… Continue reading Name Recognition
Two years and about two weeks ago, I woke up to the feeling that a rather strong person was shaking the shit out of the bed. It was 3:20 AM, and I had just fallen asleep. There was no stranger; rather, I was in Berkeley, California about 25 miles from the epicenter of the largest earthquake to… Continue reading Seven Years Shaking
Today is the day. You know how procrastination can cement our plans into never-getting-that-done territory? Well today, I chiseled away the encasement that was, and my website is a reality: nathangolovich.com lives.* Who: You and other people. Perhaps an artificially intelligent being is using these words as part of an English language training set. Conceivably, these words could have… Continue reading Whowhatwherewhywhen?