How fast does our knowledge grow?

In his 1982 book “Critical Path”, futurist and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller estimated that if we were to equate all the knowledge accumulated by mankind by the year one A.D. with one unit of information, it probably took about 1500 years or until the sixteenth century to double that amount of knowledge. The next doubling […]

What is Charles Darwin’s golden rule?

Great minds think alike

Charles Darwin, English biologist, revolutionised of course our thinking on natural selection with his masterpiece “On the origin of species” in 1859. His thesis that mankind is descended from the ape naturally met with a great deal of resistance in the nineteenth century. Yet his thesis and his arguments held up very well. And he […]

What is the story of Albert Einstein and his chauffeur?

Explain it to me like I'm a 4-year-old. Keep asking why

Albert Einstein gave many lectures on his difficult to grasp theory of relativity. During these lectures, he was always accompanied by his chauffeur, who waited at the back of the room for the evening to end. After some time, the driver said: “Professor Einstein, now I have heard your lecture on the theory of relativity […]