Battlestar Galactica and the law

Via Ilya Somin over at the Volokh Conspiracy, here is a link to a legal blog’s interview and discussion of some of the legal aspects of the show.

For the record, I was dubious at first, but Bobak’s evangelizing convinced me to start watching. BSG is one of those few shows that opens some good hard questions in a way that doesn’t grate horribly on my aesthetic nerves (c.f. Joss Whedon, for me). I don’t agree with the politics or aesthetics always, but there is good fodder for debate, to my mind.

Hubert Newton, pioneer

I read a fascinating article [pdf] by Steve Batterson about Hubert Newton, the advisor of E. H. Moore, the so-called “father of American mathematics” who has a stunning 11938 academic descendants.

As is made clear in the article, the idea that Chasles was his academic advisor is questionable by the standards of today. Indeed, it was not until Newton started teaching at Yale that they even offered a PhD.

Interestingly, Google turned up Newton’s obituary from the NY Times.