G.W. Thielman
G.W. Thielman

G. W. Thielman has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering. He is currently employed as a patent attorney, and lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His opinions are his own.

Why We Love To Watch Stories About Ships

While unoccupied, a ship is but ordinary inert matter, but when manned by skilled personnel and commanded by a competent captain, she comes to life.

How And Where Did The Original Holy Week Happen?

The days of Holy Week can be reconciled by careful accounting of events and by recognizing alternative ways that ancients used to mark time.

How To Get Your High Schooler A College Degree At No Or Low Cost

With dual enrollment, high schoolers can be introduced to college-level material to fulfill course expectations while living at home and with a class load paced to that student’s ability.

Here’s What Went Into The Soaring American Achievements Of Apollo 11

Half a century ago, Americans set foot on the moon in a ‘giant leap for mankind.’ This is the story of Apollo 11.

Dreams Of Chariots: 50 Years Ago Today, Apollo 11 Launched

The fourth manned launch of the massive Saturn V rocket needed to bring a modular spacecraft to orbit and land on the moon demanded the culmination of many sundry technological achievements.

Netflix’s ‘The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind’ Tells A Young Inventor’s Inspirational Tale

In Netflix’s ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,’ viewers follow a 14-year-old who constructed a wind turbine and saved his family from starvation.

Archaeologists Discover Pontius Pilate Reference On Ancient Ring

As this constitutes an unusual historical name in the Levant, it thus has been attributed to Pontius Pilate, prefect of Judea from AD 26-36 who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth.

What Apollo 8’s Mission Overcame To Give America A Christmas Miracle

NASA’s ambitious goal involved several risks. Previously, the highest orbit for manned spacecraft had been only 853 miles above the earth in Gemini XI, and the moon was nearly 300 times farther.

Here’s The Neil Armstrong Backstory Behind ‘First Man’

‘First Man’ provides a glimpse of a laconic test pilot and engineer who inconveniently became a celebrity.

It’s Well-Established In Psychological Research That Memories Are Unreliable

In her seminal article, researcher Elizabeth Loftus warned against trusting therapists due to their bias towards assuming the reality of reconstructed memories.

What We Found When My Family Went On An Archaeological Dig For Summer Vacation

A reasonable person might ask: Why would someone spend time and money far from home to engage in manual labor on mundane chores? Well, because it’s cool.

The Science On Male And Female Brains Helps Explain Why Women Don’t Choose Tech Careers

While lefty types continue to assert that fewer women pursue math- and science-heavy careers because of sexism, research and reality continues to show otherwise.

Yes, Ancient Romans Really Did Practice Crucifixion

That this gruesome practice occurred cannot be doubted, as archaeological evidence confirms the ancient literature.

Recent Scholarship Dating Herod’s Death Matches Christian Texts About Jesus’s Birth

The balance of recent scholarship that presents Herod’s passing early, in 1 BC, is indeed consistent with early Christian writings regarding the messiah’s birth.

60 Years Ago, The Soviet Union Launched Sputnik. Revisit Its Legacy

Sputnik provides a turning point in world history: from then on, humans would maintain a presence in outer space and begin reaching to the stars.

Mary Magdalene Is A Lot More Mysterious Than You Think

The New Testament provides only glimpses of Mary Magdalene and only the subtlest hints about her status in society. Writers since then have attempted to fill in the blanks with conjecture.

Get Ready Now For August’s Historic Solar Eclipse

The moon’s penumbra will be cast over all of North America, with the sun completely blocked across a path roughly 70 miles wide.

Betcha Didn’t Know Abraham Lincoln Was An Inventor

Of the 44 persons who have served as president, only one ever received a Letters Patent for an invention: a man whose 208th birthday we commemorate on February 12.

‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ Celebrates True Human Achievement

The tale of a mathematician from southern India hits its broadest set of theaters this weekend. It celebrates the beauties of mathematical mystery and hard work.

8 Great Women Of Science History

Join us in marveling at—and even seeking to emulate—the achievements of these female scientific pioneers.