Category Archives: Items of Interest

Newton and Thomas Pynchon

If you’re a fan of Thomas Pynchon, you may be interested in something I wrote about Newton, thermodynamics, and Pynchon’s story “Entropy” over at ThomasPynchon.com.

The gist of it is this: Pynchon signed two copies of his famous story “Entropy” with the inscription F = ma, that is, Newton’s second law. Why would he do that? What does Newton’s second law have to do with entropy?

I discuss the science that relates F = ma to entropy, and speculate on what Pynchon might have meant.

And BTW, stay tuned for more on science in Pynchon’s work.

When your fortune cookie falk to reckon with the problem of the argument from false premises #finchstagram

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Happy Mother’s Day to our backyard dinosaurs #finchstagram

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Dear NSA, could you please check the metadata to confirm this sundial’s accuracy #finchstagram

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“It’s like holding the Universe is your hand” #5yoPoems #HappyEaster #finchstagram

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