Review – A Matter of Days – Chapter 14

Did some replace another candle that had [mostly] melted with a fresher candle that has barely melted?
Information and context go hand in hand.



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Scientific Signs of Old Age

Age defines age as “the length of time during which a being or thing has existed; length of life or existence to the time spoken of or referred to”

As we ponder this idea of age, we should also be aware that age is itself a historical concept not a scientific one. For example, if we walk into a room and see a candle burning and want to know how long it has been burning, we can employ some scientific measurements on the candle itself to make some inferences, but a conclusive answer for how long the candle has been burning would require historical evidence. Let’s investigate this candle allegory a little further.

We could use science to measure the current length of the candle, the volume of melted wax, and the current burn rate. From those measurements…

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    • I am just relatively sorry I was tired enough last night that I fell asleep reading it, and I did not check my (phone or) e-mail again until 20-30 minutes ago to finish reading it and share it!


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