Monday, July 12, 2010

Wobbly Earth

George Booth had this published in The New Yorker in May of 1998.  While it may not exactly be Booth's intention, wobbles in the Earth's axis are profoundly important in geophysics.  There's the Milankovitch cycles, the Chandler wobble, there's the wobble that made the Sahara Desert green, and so forth.  Star wobbles, caused by their orbiting planets, have been extremely useful in finding planets in other solar systems.  Its anybody's guess as to why any of this would be noticeable by this cartoon's character.

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