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Q: You’ve devoted an entire career to exploring the ideas of philosopher David Hume. What initially sparked your interest? A: Although I was a philosophy major as an undergraduate, my exposure to Hume during those years was minimal. Even in a course that included many philosophers from the modern period, British empiricism received little time or attention. When I began reading…

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Q: Many of your earlier works have been focused on issues of health and fitness. How did you come to make the transition into writing about Italian culture and history, first with Bella Lingua and then Mona Lisa: a Life Discovered? A: My long career as a health writer has been my day job for decades, one I enjoy very much. I took…

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Q: This month marks the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity known as general relativity. Can you briefly explain what Einstein proposed in this theory? A: Einstein generalized his special theory of relativity to include accelerated frames of reference. This led him through the Equivalence Principle to formulate a theory of gravity, in which gravity is described by…

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Q: Nikola Tesla is known to the public mainly for his invention and work on the alternating current. What advancements and/or inventions of his are less celebrated? How do they impact our daily lives? Can you give examples of modern appliances that would not exist without him? A: Nikola Tesla was the first person ever to demonstrate wireless remote control via his…

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Q: You’ve had an abiding interest in the work of American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce. What drew you to him specifically? A: I became interested in Peirce as an undergraduate at the University of Lethbridge, in Southern Alberta. One of my professors was very keen on him, and the sense that Peirce’s work was an unmined field of gems appealed…

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