The Amateurist

Nat Gingerich
Bi-weekly(ish) everyday curiosities from a non-science person
Created 18 Aug 2020
  • April Mini Post 3: Mars rover Perseverance has MOXIE
    29 Apr 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Ahoy hoy! Welcome to April’s third and final mini post. This one was so hard to keep short! You can find the first post about Roman-era wall building escapades here, and the second post about the reti...
  • April Mini Post 2: Can the new kilogram really help us communicate with extraterrestrials?
    21 Apr 2021 • 4 min read • 3 8
    Welcome to another April mini-post, Amateurs! In case you missed it last week, I’m toying with a different (shorter? better?) format for a bit: In the spirit of springtime renewal, I’ve decided to try...
  • April Mini Post 1: Wall in the Family
    15 Apr 2021 • 3 min read • 1 1
    I’m writing this post from the sunny patch of grass outside my apartment because it’s just too nice outside to do my usual hunker-down-until-it’s-done strategy. So far I’ve met a very good dog named C...
  • What's the difference between thinking about the future and thinking about the past?
    01 Apr 2021 • 11 min read • 1 0
    The U.S. is publicly grappling with a few difficult realities, one of which is the rash of states attempting to ban trans girls and women from competing in sports alongside athletes of their own gende...
  • The Substack Question
    30 Mar 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Substack is currently embroiled in controversy. I chose to publish on this platform because it is low-cost, the interface is pleasant to use and fairly customizable, and it allows me to manage all asp...
  • Why do our noses run when it's cold?
    19 Mar 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    I went for my walk on Tuesday slightly underdressed, as I am often wont to do thanks to a case of what I call “eternal weather optimism”. What can I say? When the sun’s out, it’s automatically 14 degr...
  • Geology Rocks II: Can you isolate a single day in a million-year-old chunk of ice?
    03 Mar 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Welcome to a special mid-week edition of The Amateurist! Part one of this question happened a few days ago, just in case you missed it. Just for fun, I wanted to see if I could work this question from...
  • Geology Rocks I: Can you isolate a single day in geological history?
    27 Feb 2021 • 14 min read • 2 0
    This article popped up on my Twitter feed a few weeks ago: Geology? Rocks. Paleontology? I dig it. I wasn’t surprised to see it based on the number of science accounts I follow and the relentless chur...
  • The Way You Schmeck Me Feel
    16 Feb 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 1
    Hey paid subscribers! I’m so excited to start sharing some of my other work with you here. As part of your subscription, there will be a few more posts coming your way over the next weeks and months. ...
  • How do vinyl records work?
    13 Feb 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    Happy Saturday, Amateurs! I’m writing to you from Friday evening, where it’s -3 outside and only one of the radiators in this apartment works, and it’s not the one in the living room. It’s not the one...
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