Science & Technology

The Fall of the Apple and the General Theory of Relativity

Can the basic concepts of the general theory of relativity be illustrated geometrically with almost no math? To answer this question, let’s reconsider Newton’s well-known problem of the falling apple.

Language & Culture

Roma Diaspora: Space, Place and Identity

The recent spate of evictions of Roma communities across Europe reflect a historical discrimination against those considered as illegitimate outsiders. At a time when walls are going up across the world, the issue of who belongs and who is denied access to certain spaces is evermore prescient, and in need of critical attention.

Science & Technology

The Transylvanian Rocket Scientist Who Invented Space Travel and Got Funded by a Movie Director

In the 1920s, the founding father of rocketry and astronautics, Hermann Oberth, struggled hard to realize his visionary ideas. Having his dissertation on rocket science rejected, Oberth convinced a film studio to fund his plans to build a real rocket as the advisor for a science fiction film in an unorthodox private public partnership.

Philosophy & Religion

Are Death and Brain Death the Same Thing?

The question of brain death is of utmost practical importance to transplantation medicine. While many anthropologists argue that death and brain death are two different things, there are good pragmatic reasons to equate the two.