Category: New York Times

Why Are Basketball Games So Squeaky? Consider the Spiny Lobster

New York Times Greg McDaniel, College of Engineering “It is the unofficial soundtrack of basketball, a noise consistently heard but rarely considered — rubber-soled shoes squeaking on the hardwood…” Expert Quote: “If you wave your hand through the air, you don’t hear it,” he said. “Why? Because you haven’t compressed air. The air sloshes around […]

Equations and Inequalities: Math, Race and Fellowship

New York Times Glenn Stevens, College of Arts and Sciences One afternoon last summer at BEAM 6, an experimental program in downtown Manhattan for youths with a high aptitude for math, a swarm of 11- and 12-year-olds jockeyed for a better view of a poster labeled “Week One Challenge Problem”… Expert quote: ““We don’t see […]

Huston Smith, Author of ‘The World’s Religions,’ Dies at 97

New York Times Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences Huston Smith, a renowned scholar of religion who pursued his own enlightenment in Methodist churches, Zen monasteries and even Timothy Leary’s living room, died on Friday at his home in Berkeley, Calif… Expert quote: “It is the most important book in comparative religious studies ever.” […]