Serendipity. How trained minds recognize that something is different and, in so doing, solve a problem. Yes, I know that is not the definition you will find in a dictionary, which claims it means: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Except the concept of serendipity universally occurs in science and technology, and my definition describes how it happens.
Lots of new books about science, science deniers, and politicians are abounding. Of course, the politicians all tend to be science deniers, but that should surprise no one. Not the least of which, because most of them are attorneys, who probably never mastered science or technology when younger (and, hence, became lawyers).
Earth Day. April 22. I remember the first one, way back in 1970, when I was working for an environmental regulatory authority (my one stint working for the government). Now the celebration is held around the world (some 193 countries and growing).
I grew up learning that it was our job; it was our responsibility to pitch in, to make sure that everyone was treated equally. I’m fairly sure it was related to religious reasons- plus the special circumstances of the Holocaust (also involving religion- but more about subject hatred). Never once did I hear that doing this made me a hero- or anyone else who was involved in such efforts.
Today is the 7th day of Pesach. For the past year, the Eqyptians have been beset by the Ten Plagues. Dam, Tzfardaya, Kinim.. In English: Blood. Frogs. Lice. Wild Beasts. Pestilence. Boils. Hail. Locusts. Darkness. Slaying of the First-born. We’ve put blood on our doorposts to protect us from that last plague. And, now we are free, on the edge of Yam Suf, the Sea of Reeds.