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America’s Pastime

Posted on July 1, 2019

Our English friends got a taste of America this weekend when the greatest rivalry in sports came to London. You might have been forgiven for wondering whether the teams were playing American football rather than baseball, since the two teams combined for thirty runs over the weekend, but the score aside, I hear the organizers did their best to make the experience as authentic as possible, with hot dog and beer vendors working the stands, the seventh inning stretch, “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” and, in a nod to Boston, “Sweet Caroline.” Unfortunately the Yankees managed to take both games. As someone once said, “Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for the house in blackjack.” Anyway, I am glad English people had…

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Article of the Day: “Are We Alone In The Universe?”

Posted on June 12, 2019

If you’ve been reading Letters Blogatory for a while, you know that I am an enthusiast for astronomy and cosmology. I have often surprised people by saying that I hope we do not discover extraterrestrial life, especially simple extraterrestrial life. I get the same reaction I get when I tell people that it is illegal to use, possess, or sell marijuana anywhere in the United States. In this month’s Commentary, astrophysicist Ethan Siegel has an article that bears on my point even though he doesn’t draw the same conclusion.

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Forget Politics, Let’s Talk About ʻOumuamua!

Posted on November 6, 2018

Let’s put all of the political kvetching aside for one day and think about something really cool. By way of background, before I got interested in the law I thought I might grow up to be an astronomer. In high school I was a very good physics and calculus student—good enough that when I got to college I was tracked into the introductory math class for potential math majors. It was called “Elementary calculus.” “Elementary” was a word I thought I knew, but evidently I was wrong. I sat through two days of the class before dropping down to a lower-level course, which I finished, and which was the end of my formal career in math. What I didn’t understand at the time was…

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