Archives for April, 2010

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. –Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Welcome back to The Greatest Story Ever Told, where we’re covering the natural history of the Universe from before the Big…

Do we live inside a Wormhole’s neck?

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” –Groucho Marx “While no one has proved that wormholes exist, that does not for a moment keep the more adventurous of thinkers from trying to figure how they might behave.” –Michael Lemonick, Time magazine Wormholes.…

“I created this project for fun. Initially, I had no business goals with it. I created this project recently. I was and still am a teenager myself, that is why I had a certain feeling of what other teenagers would want to see on the Internet. I myself enjoyed talking to friends with Skype using…

“Cosmologists are often in error, but never in doubt.” –Lev Landau I’ve been telling you about the Big Bang, the greatest story ever told, and the entire natural history of the Universe. Let’s remind you — historically — of how our conception of the Universe changed as we learned more about our surroundings. Maybe the…

My Brush With Fame?

Those of you who’ve been reading Starts With A Bang since this last summer may have seen this article I wrote — The Math of the Fastest Human Alive — about Usain Bolt’s world record in the 100 meter dash. Little did I know what type of interest this would generate. A few weeks after…

Don’t Write off Fermilab Yet!

“By early 2011, [Fermilab’s Tevatron] will have recorded enough data to either find the Higgs or rule it out. –New Scientist, August 2009 Sure, there’s a whole lot of well-deserved hoopla about the LHC, the world’s #1 particle accelerator in terms of energy! But don’t forget about #2, Fermilab’s Tevatron, which also holds the honor…

The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall. -Thomas Paine I’ve been telling you the history of the Universe over the past few months in serial. Parts 1 through 8 are currently up, and have taken us from Inflation up…

“But with dogs, we do have ‘bad dog.’ Bad dog exists. ‘Bad dog! Bad dog! Stole a biscuit, bad dog!’ The dog is saying, ‘Who are you to judge me? You human beings who’ve had genocide, war against people of different creeds, colors, religions, and I stole a biscuit?! Is that a crime? People of…

Why must I feel like that? Why must I chase the cat? Nothin’ but the dog in me. –George Clinton (And I’ll get it stuck in your head, too, if you like. Have a go at the extended 10-minute version.) Welcome back to the next installment of The Greatest Story Ever Told: the history of…