Saturday, May 19, 2012

Beethoven, human conflict and a single atom

Another highly eventful but mostly unbloggable week.  Music lesson with Kathron on Sun, the LSE seminar went well on Mon, and last night Ruth Palmer came round and we worked on Beethoven's wonderful 6th violin sonata.

Interesting article in Science called "Religious and Sacred Imperatives in Human Conflict" by Scott Atran and Jeremy Ginges.  Though to say "Moralizing gods emerged over the last few millennia" (as they do in the abstract) is slightly odd - most theists would deny that God evolves at all and most atheists AFAIK would deny that god(s) exist.

Although it's going back a while, it's hard not to be impressed by this stunning image from Science of the forces exerted at various angles from a single atom of Tungsten and a single molecule of Carbon Monoxide.
Overlayed scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopy images of a single atom

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