What We’re Reading 1-18-13

The number 30 factored.

We were mesmerized this week by Data Pointed’s Animated Factorization Diagrams. You might also enjoy paying a visit to the Data Pointed site where you can find other inspiring mathematical visualizations.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s illustration of Smaug from The Hobbit

Forbes has calculated the value of Smaug’s hoard!
See how he stacks up against Montgomery C. Burns, Jed Clampitt, Bruce Wayne and other fictional fat cats in the Forbes Fictional 15.

Analemma printed on a globe from the Globe Museum in Vienna via Wikipedia

It’s been almost a month since the Solstice. Why is it still so dark out in the mornings? The New York Times gives us the elliptical answer.

This is yet another in a series of posts about what we’re reading at Whole Earth: stories about the environment, ecology, travel, outdoor living, ideas, art, writing, history, science, and creativity, and the people who make it happen. Have a suggestion? Please leave us a comment so we can add it to our reading list.