Wednesday, December 12, 2018

17 Equations that Changed the World

 The Equations

OK. So I took this title from Facebook. It was shared by a friend, David.
From Fotolia, which is now part of Adobe Stock
However, as one who sides with science in the culture wars, I hope an audience will take note of the ongoing effectiveness of science and math in society.

Can you name the 17 highly influential equations without reading the book? Or going to Facebook?

Look at all we as mankind have been able to do with science and math!!! From the Pythagorean Theorem to the Information Theory, Chaos Theory, and Black-Scholes Equation, Man's technology has been based on math. Remember E=mcsquared?

How much more will our world change?

Here is the Book. Click the Book to see What it is all About.

Please see Amazon Affiliate disclaimer in side panel.

Who knows? Maybe this will help solve the Plastics Problem. Solutions which, by the way, has been  posted by the World Economic Forum on Facebook and which I have posted on my own Facebook timeline.

If you need to know more about the image, I have the details still and will tell you the credits and name.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A New Set of Military Space Operas to Read

Ok, so actually they were new to me because I recently discovered them. I read the first one and got hooked on the series in each case. So I am telling you about them. (Click on the books to go to Amazon for more info and to get your copy.)

My Favorites

You might remember from past posts that my favorite space opera authors are these, although not in this order:
  1. David Weber
  2. Elizabeth Moon
  3. Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
David Weber has a new series called Manticore Ascendant that introduces a new hero as a midshipman. Although in the Honorverse, there is little mention of Honor Harrington. Also, this book can be read by a young adult. It is a good coming of age novel.

For the YA Reader

Then there is the series for YA readers that features a teenage Honor Harrington. This series begins with the book A Beautiful Friendship. 

Trade Secret by Lee and Miller is another book for YA, but it has a higher reading level than some. At least the grades 7-9 kids I introduced to it thought it difficult to relate to. The story is rather complex, but I enjoyed it.

Elizabeth Moon long ago wrote Sheepfarmer's Daughter that is part of The Deed of Paksinarrion anthology. Paks is another warrior that the YA reader will enjoy knowing.

For You and Me, as Adult Readers:  Space Operas to Enjoy

But let's get back to the military space operas. Some have female heroes. Some are actually in the space service of the universe. Some have several trilogies in the series; some just a few. All have lots of challenges to be solved and plenty of interpersonal relationships with ongoing friendships, different crewmembers with which to deal, families and at times a love interest.

Then there are the different approaches to what a spaceship is like. And how it moves through space. Seldom is there an alien species, but what the hey. These were enjoyable and I even paid to read the next one when the first was from Kindle Unlimited, but not the next or 5th or whichever.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. And yes, I am an Amazon Affiliate. So if you buy or whatever from Amazon from the link, I do get paid a bit.

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More to come.This picture and the spaceship above are from Fotolia, which is now part of Adobe Stock.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Hi,I 'm back.

wooded yard
I was able to enjoy this view of nature often during my blogging hiatus.

It is hard to believe that I haven't blogged here since 2014. The last few years have been eventful for me.
  1. I blogged my best ideas for a client instead of myself.
  2. I spent time taking care of my dad, who recently died. He was 91.
  3. I have resettled back into my house after spending years at my dad's.
  4. I have fretted over US politics and the bleakness of the future.
  5. I have seen the glory of the future possibilities.
  6. I have written new poems.
  7. I have expanded the nature of my freelance business.
  8. I have clients for my business that I share with my husband.
  9. I have new great-nieces and and great-nephews and newly married nephews.
  10. I have read hundreds of books on Kindle through Bookbub and Kindle Unlimited.
  11. I have listened to my favorite music on the Echo with Amazon Music Unlimited.
  12. I have lost and then found my glasses.
An that is just a short list of just a few highlights of the last few years. It would take a book...

A book is what I am concentrating on now. My business, Coskrey Biz, has expanded into book editing and maybe soon into publishing Kindle ebooks.  We have so many plans for future projects.

These are the better blogs from Talking about This and That that I wish to share with you.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Poem about Chimeras and GMO Foods

Homage to Bt Corn
Valerie Coskrey © 2014

Oh, Chimera,
You're fated to be
Reviled for your
Lack of purity.

Your grandmothers 3
Are surprised to see
The offspring
Of your continuity

Since traits All behold
That ancestors gave
Through descent
Of grandparents 5 unfold.

Last line modified 8/11/15.

a cornfield in Texas
© Valerie Coskrey

A science poem on GMO corn produced by genetic engineering

Let us not forget about the animals and bacteria that produce insulin and other meds for us humans. Corn plants that are resistant to insects have the promise of increasing a farmer's yield. There are downsides to GMO products, but there is much promise, too.

An update to this post added 11/29/14:
See slide presentation on the top 10 GMO foods as presented by the Discovery Channel.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Teachable Moments while Reading Books with Small Children (Pre-K-2)

A First Grader Reads No. David!

The Richness of the Experience was to me an Awesome Surprise!

I recently had a tutoring experience that illustrated the power of books and imagination. A first-grader was reading a beginners book about David who always gets in trouble but his Mom always loves him anyway. In having the child explain what had happened and what story the pictures were telling, page by page, I was able to (1) reinforce and teach vocabulary and sentence structure, (2) to check for actual understanding, and (3) get a dialogue going about the child's thoughts, experiences and imagination. We were even able to (4-5) discuss consequences of actions, both in a social sense and in a scientific sense.

Now I know all you elementary teachers know this, but I am more used to working with older kids, grades 7-12. My point here is that just reading the story with a child or to a child provides only half the learning potential of a good book.

Teaching Science in a Reading Lesson

We even got a science lesson out of the book. I asked her what was wrong with how he was standing on the books. We demonstrated the danger with her sitting on her piano bench correctly and sitting on the very edge. I gave the bench a gentle nudge for each position. When the bench began to topple over while she sat on the edge, we giggled and she completely understood the consequences of David's unbalanced position. 

I suppose I could have asked her why the water in the fishbowl was level with the book bottom, but I didn't.

Learn More about David Shannon

Read about Shannon, the author, on Wikipedia.,_David

I Highly Recommend the David series by D. Shannon

After having my first grade student read and discuss several of these books by David Shannon, I can say that the series is a valuable teaching tool. Each appeared at first glance to be such a simple story with little in it to advance learning. Was I wrong! The child loved the books, the underlying message, the same in each, is essential to a child's emotional development, and the stories are realistic. These are classics, right up there with Dr. Seuss.