The Evolution of Eyeglasses

I’ve been reading about the history of glasses today, and I came across the most interesting article on the use of bifocals in the animal world.

…and change, they did. Probably for the best.

It’s kind of surprising to me that eyeglasses are nearly 800 years old in the West. Invented sometime in the 13th century, they’ve become a necessary part of life for many of us in the computer age. Interestingly enough, before their invention, the use of reading stones was fairly common in the Middle Ages (I guess before these came along you just squinted). Not much happened between the invention of glasses aside from significant improvements in optics and changes in style until Benjamin Franklin came along.

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Socio(Onto)Geny Book Club Update: The Horse, the Wheel, and Language

I don’t believe I mentioned it here, but I have been running a book club on a private Discord server for the last several months with a bunch of interesting people. Over the past three months we’ve read EO Wilson’s Sociobiology, Robert Triver’s Natural Selection and Social Theory, and most recently Peter Turchin’s Ages of Discord.

This month we’re moving into different territory with David Anthony’s The Horse, the Wheel, and Language. As an in-depth account of Proto-Indo-European origins, this book has been suggested by Spencer Wells as one of the best texts out there on Bronze Age Europe. If you enjoyed my post on David Reich and V. Gordon Childe, you will enjoy this book. Anyone who would like to join should feel free to reach out to me on Twitter or on my contact page here. Continue reading “Socio(Onto)Geny Book Club Update: The Horse, the Wheel, and Language”

A Blog Worth Checking Out

Hey all, I’m just going to do a bit of a promotion for a friend of mine (@Locus_of_Ctrl on Twitter) who has recently started his own blog on mathematical biology. So far he has two posts, and they are packed with information. The delightful thing for me is that they’re packed with information on different mathematical problems. Locus introduces you to the history and theory of the problem, then walks you through the math. For dumb-dumbs like me who generally need a whole day to process even just one of these papers, it’s a huge relief to have someone tell you what each step means. I definitely encourage you to check it out. Continue reading “A Blog Worth Checking Out”