Myths and Facts – The Misunderstood Events of Galileo’s Heliocentrism Affair

Galileo and his Heliocentrism. It is one of the classic fables about science vs. religion that we have been hearing for ages. However, how much of it was really the truth and how much is just myth?

One day I stumbled upon a comprehensive analysis to the answer of this question, which presented facts contrary to the widely-known tale. Because the author had already made a great writing, I figured I’d just repost what he wrote.

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Closing Event of Think Quest Competition 2011!

The victor team of Think Quest Competition "Jakarta of my Dream Contest 2011" from Regina Pacis High School Jakarta, mentor teacher, headmaster, and two of the committees

Today, 26th March 2012 is the long-awaited final event of the National Think Quest Competition “Jakarta of my Dream Contest 2011.”

Think Quest Competition is an annual competition dedicated to cultivate students’ critical thinking ability and the ability to utilize technology. The overseas Think Quest event is held by Oracle Foundation, and the national Think Quest is held by the cooperation between Oracle, Department of Education, and Pesona Edu. The winner of the national level can go to the overseas level to compete even higher.

Last year’s contest, the aforementioned “Jakarta of my Dream Contest 2011” was held from May ~ December 2011, with over 5,240 participants nationwide. The event experienced several delays though, which is why the announcement is just today in March 2012.

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PLASMA 2012 Day 1 Coverage!

Official poster from PLASMA

PLASMA stands for “Pelatihan dan Lomba Penelitian Anak SMA” (Research Training and Competition for High School Students), an annual event hold by Student Research Unit at Atma Jaya Catholic University, a renowned University in Indonesia. This series of activities is devoted for high school students to get to know researches and foster critical thinking.

Every year, this event trains a big number of high school students from numerous schools in Jabodetabek, Indonesia and then holds a research competition, where I and my team were the victor last year.

This year though, I came to PLASMA not as a participant anymore, because my school forbids third graders from participating in inter-school competitions from 2nd semester onward, to focus them on their upcoming final tests; but I still came to mentor my underclassmen who participates in PLASMA, as well as to see the brilliance of this event this year 😀

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7 Equations to Show Valentine Passion in Math

Whoever made the heart symbol to express love clearly didn’t give enough resemblance to the realistic shape of heart, but some of these graphs show that love knows no border — even for scientific students or math manias!

And this one is for the 3D form:

Some of you might be thinking…

Don’t worry, meet GeoGebra. It’s a free mathematics software that joins geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. Not only you can use this to show those graphs, it will also help you a lot in your studies 😀

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Neat, aren’t they? Now you can have something to show to your math-loving crush, or simply spread those beautiful equations.

That’s it from me for now,

Happy Valentine and may your day be filled with love, today and the upcoming days!