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Monday, January 05, 2009
Wait, are we this dumb?This has nothing to do with baseball or even sports, but since a lot of sciencey types read THT, I thought it worth noting. From an AP story about the size of our galaxy:
Take that, Andromeda! For decades, astronomers thought when it came to the major galaxies in Earth's cosmic neighborhood, our Milky Way was a weak sister to the larger Andromeda. Not anymore. The Milky Way is considerably larger, bulkier and spinning faster than astronomers once thought, Andromeda's equal.
When was the last time you saw even the most basic science story describe the concept of mass as "like weight"? Mass is mass and weight is weight, and the last I checked, it was a concept that was taught in grade school. Heck, when was the last time you saw a science story that felt it necessary to explain the concept of mass at all?
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 10:14pm
sabermetrics, which is like numbers and stuff…
Posted 01/05 at 11:59 PM
Levi Stahl said...
Yeah, um, mass is like weight like Juan Pierre is like Rickey Henderson . . . which is an admittedly feeble attempt to make this baseball-related. Ready to have it topped with the next comment.
Posted 01/06 at 12:05 AM
Ken Dynamo said...
last time i checked the USA Today, yes, we were in indeed that dumb and then some.
at least they didn’t attempt to define gravity as a heavy type of snake.
Posted 01/06 at 12:14 AM
I saw this earlier, too. Unbelievably bad article.
Posted 01/06 at 01:40 AM
Well, in a country where the average male doesn’t read a complete book after finishing high school, it’s quite likely that we are.
Posted 01/06 at 07:51 AM
In the comlpcaited world we live in, it’s good to find simple solutions.
Posted 09/20 at 12:14 PM