Ben Reinhardt

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The scientific process and the Internet

I’m beginning a big project. This post will explain more, but for now, here’s my first shot at how the scientific process can leverage the unique capabilites of the internet.
Tags: research

Iceland is a Weird Place

If you were to ask an Icelandic sheep farmer freezing in his longhouse 500 years ago: "hey, will those rainy mountains and geysers make your descendants wealthy?" he would have said "you're crazy. sheep and fish are natural resources, rainy mountains just get in the way."  Fast forward 500 years. Those... [Read More]

Why are Rockets like Amphorae? Pt 1.

Short answer: They're both technological local maxima. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="171"] "whoo hoo, I'm a local maxima!"[/caption] Long answer: If asked "what container do you use to ship large volumes of wine?" the answer is  pretty clearly "the barrel, duh." But if you asked that question two thousand years ago, it... [Read More]