Links: Saturday, 20120121

Isaac Newton’s papers are becoming available online. – Cambridge University Library holds the largest and most important collection of the scientific works of Isaac Newton (1642-1727). We present here an initial selection of Newton’s manuscripts, concentrating on his mathematical work in the 1660s. Over the next few months we will be adding further works until the majority of our Newton Papers are available on this site.

Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica

A Big List of Interesting Mathematics Books Released in 2011.

Deregulation of the Canadian wheat market.

U.S. Exports to China Have Increased by 21% per Year Since 2005, Twice the 11% Growth in Imports. – Although we still have a trade deficit with China, its relative size (in relation to the total volume of trade with China) has been shrinking over time. As disposable incomes increase in China and as more Chinese enter the new middle class there, their purchases of American goods have increased at a faster rate than our purchases of their products. That’s a trend that we can expect to continue.

At the ancient Roman port of Ostia, archaeologists are investigating a large unexplored harbor structure using a new excavation model. – Historically, it is documented as the Roman harbor city of Ostia, the vital town of maritime commerce near the sea at the mouth of the Tiber River. Today it is a large archaeological site that now lies about 3 km from the sea, a distance created through time by silting and a drop in sea level. It is known for its well-preserved and impressive ancient buildings, mosaics and frescoes (see photo images below). Now, archaeologists are investigating a find here that has never been explored, using a new model of archaeological excavation.

Super fracking – Petroleum reservoir fracturing is set for a major improvement with new technologies going to work miles down from the surface and then out horizontally.  Called fracking, the process uses pressure to break into oil and natural gas rocks and prop channels for the petroleum products to flow back out.  Thus huge new supplies of oil and gas are coming to market.

It’s no surprise that the technology is already international, starting in the U.S. its already going to work in Canada, Argentina, Russia, Mexico, Poland, the Middle East and more.

The leaders of the new boom that can be expected over time to be used in millions of wells worldwide are the major petroleum service companies, Halliburton, Schlumberger and Baker Hughes.

A short biography of Murry Rothbard by Wendy McElroy. – Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) – the greatest libertarian theorist of the 20th century – expressed what he considered to be the central political issue confronting mankind. He wrote, “My own basic perspective on the history of man…is to place central importance on the great conflict which is eternally waged between Liberty and Power.”[1] Liberty v. Power. In its most blatant form, the struggle manifests itself as war between the peaceful, productive individual and the intrusive State that usurps those products.

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