Archive for February 28th, 2007

On Jello.


Americans refer to gelatin—the edible, flavoured kind–as jello, after the brand Jell-o that was popularised in the early 90s by its television ads featuring Bill Cosby. In the UK, gelatin is referred to as jelly. Americans use this word to refer to a spreadable fruit preserve which the English call jam. This word is also […]

Scientists (especially physicists) who speak to a general audience about their field usually have a back of handy analogies to help explain otherwise difficult concepts*. On a more basic level, the ability to make connections between a poorly understood idea and a well-understood idea is a key skill for those working in theoretical sciences. Anyway, […]