Physical Science

A long-ish stretch of time, but I was basically offline for a bunch of that because I needed to finish a chapter I was asked to contribute to an academic book. So there are only four physics posts from Forbes to promote this time: — ‘The Expanse’ Is A Rare Sci-Fi Show That Gets Simulated…

The Two Big Bangs (Synopsis)

“These theories were based on the hypothesis that all the matter in the universe was created in one big bang at a particular time in the remote past.” -Fred Hoyle It’s making headlines every time someone brings it up: a quantum calculation, a new theory or some mathematical evidence proves it once and for all: there…

“It’s becoming clear that in a sense the cosmos provides the only laboratory where sufficiently extreme conditions are ever achieved to test new ideas on particle physics. The energies in the Big Bang were far higher than we can ever achieve on Earth. So by looking at evidence for the Big Bang, and by studying…

“[T]he coin of life has meaning and value no matter what side it lands on. It’s each individual’s choice whether to bet on the outcome or not, but ultimately your coin of life will be spent somehow.” -Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache Coin flips are traditionally the way to settle disputes with two choices and equal…

“I like cappuccino, actually. But even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all.” -David Lynch Particularly in the dead of winter, most of us enjoy a hot drink, whether it’s coffee, tea, hot chocolate or soup. But if that drink is too hot, your options for cooling it down are…

152/366: Fun With Motion Blur

This one was a whole bunch of work for one smallish shot… So, in past rounds of “science-y things with my fancy camera,” I looked at the effect of ISO settings and apertures. This time out, I wanted to look at something moving, and the way that it blurs with increasing exposure time. My initial…

POTW 2!

The second Problem Of The Week has now been posted, along with an official solution to the first problem. Enjoy!

How to catch a speeding star (Synopsis)

“Most people don’t know what’s happening around them because they’re just speeding through life. And before they know it, they’re just old. So I just try to slow it down.” -Tracy Morgan Travel fast enough through the air, and you’ll exceed the speed of sound. The compressed air in front of you builds up, denser…

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” -Zig Ziglar What a week it’s been here at Starts With A Bang, where we’ve been proud to bring a number of stories to light for you. This past week, in case you missed anything, we’ve tackled: Is the…

“Go then, there are other worlds than these.” –Stephen King, The Dark Tower When you think about the Multiverse, everyone thinks about the Universe beyond what’s accessible to us. But whether you think about more Universe like our own, multiple Universe that are disconnected from ours, an infinite number of parallel Universes, where possibly multiple…