Edward Snowden’s breaking point

November 20, 2016 0

What immediate circumstance led Edward Snowden to leak classified government information? Why did he become a whistleblower? What pushed him over the edge? Was there one awful secret about the National Security Agency that led […]

Was Einstein really Religious?

May 20, 2016 0

When he was a boy, yes. He lovingly studied the Bible, he sensed no contradiction between Catholicism and Judaism, he stopped eating pork, he wrote little songs to God and sang them as he walked […]

Why study History?

March 10, 2016 0

All around we read stories about what happened. Interesting, lively stories of individuals who did dramatic things. But many of those stories are not true. Others are incomplete and misleading. And it’s not just on […]

The Story of Darwin’s Finches

February 1, 2016 0

I’ve never been to the Galápagos islands. Tourist guidebooks describe them as a beautiful tropical paradise, and some travelers speak of them as a Garden of Eden. But in 1835, when the young Charles Darwin […]

The Civil War or the first man in space?

January 5, 2016 0

In 2011, the “Science Guy” from the Houston Chronicle, asked me to discuss a remarkable pair of anniversaries on the same day, April 12: the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War and the […]