What Was The Star of Bethlehem?

“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near—a star shall come forth out of Jacob and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the borderlands of Moab and the territory of all the Shethites.”  -Balaam, Numbers 24:17 Imagine yourself a young tax collector in the Roman Empire. You

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Below are links to essays that are based on talks I’ve previously given and are geared towards the general public.

Where is Everyone?

At the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1950, four physicists were walking to lunch one day. They were discussing the recent string of UFO reports and the possibility of extraterrestrial life, life from another planet. One physicist asked another, “What do you think? How probable is it that within the next ten years we shall

How to Discover a Planet

The mysterious ninth planet has been in the news recently, and I thought we’d discuss that a bit. But before we do, let’s bring everyone up to speed on the planetary discoveries we’ve made in our own solar system.  The first civilization to have accurately and mathematically described the planets were the ancient Babylonians living