Souvenirs from Space: Sample-Return Missions

Picture: An artist’s interpretation of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft rendezvousing with the asteroid Bennu.  Image credit: NASA One of the challenges we face in astronomy is the fact that we can’t touch the things we study.  In chemistry, you can run experiments by mixing chemicals together.  In biology, if you want to study mice, you catch Read More …

Book Review: “Man Seeking Woman” by Simon Rich

Man Seeking Woman by Simon Rich My rating: 5 of 5 stars In a series of short stories, Simon Rich portrays the relationships between men and women in hyperbole and metaphor. His descriptions of boyfriends and girlfriends is nothing short of hilarious. For example, in one story, boyfriends are traded between girlfriends like athletes are Read More …

Beginning a Blog

Well, here we go!  This is officially my first blog post.  If you are reading this, then welcome to The Modern Polymath!  On this blog, I hope to share my enthusiasm for science and learning with anyone who may be interested.  I will make blog posts about various topics to teach people about things I find Read More …