Monday Madness: WE WON!

“Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.” –Malcolm Forbes

It is official; you voted and the world has listened. I am proud to welcome you to the best physics blog in the world!

We not only won‘s best blog, we were also the people’s choice award winner!

Thanks to the judges, thanks to all of you who voted, and a special thanks to all of you who just read and enjoy what I’m putting out, regardless of whether you comment on every single post or not on a single one at all.

The Universe wouldn’t be the same without each one of us, and I owe a huge thanks to each one of you. Not only have you come this far on our journey through the Universe, discovering what we know and how we know it, but I’m honored to be on this journey with you, as I often stumble to find the best explanation of just how this whole thing works.

So thanks to all of you; I’ll proudly display the awards in my sidebar for all eternity* so people know just what we’ve been accomplishing here, and we’ll keep on talking about the whole thing, from Inflation to Dark Energy, from gluons to galaxies, and everything in between. Thanks for making this place as great as it is, and I’ll keep working to make it even better!

* — For appropriately small approximations of eternity.


  1. #1 Mu
    November 15, 2010

    See what the careful application of inflation to a vote count can do for you. Congratulations.

  2. #2 Tim
    November 15, 2010

    Congrats! The accolades are we’ll deserved! I was really stoked for you this morning when they announced the winner! Hope you’ve got chilled bottle of bubbly waiting for you. Cheers!

  3. #3 healthphysicist
    November 15, 2010


    Great blog…glad it got the recognition it certainly deserves.

  4. #4 PersianMeow
    November 15, 2010

    Congrats, you my friend are amazing.

  5. #5 ERV
    November 15, 2010

    Im not saying this just because youre my blagbrother, its really true– you are totally my favorite physics blag. You get me excited about astronomy in a way I havent been since I was a little kid.



  6. #6 David
    November 15, 2010


  7. #7 AMW
    November 15, 2010

    More like best physics blog in the universe. Congrats!

  8. #8 Brian
    November 15, 2010

    To the blog that taught me that the universe’s expansion rate is approximately 1 / 13.7 billion years — congratulations!

  9. #9 Ernst
    November 15, 2010

    Sincere Congrats:
    Please explain one thing to me. If inflation burst out mass at a speed exceeding the speed of light, wouldn’t that have happened in a negative time frame? Second, the escape velocity from a black hole also exceeds the speed of light. If there is a Hawking radiation escaping a black hole, how does the concept of time hold up? Are these things something we are not able to watch empirically but can develop a set of equations to demonstrate?

  10. #10 Sphere Coupler
    November 15, 2010

    Kudos Ethan!

    Now thats…*wait for it*


  11. #11 Joseph Hewitt
    November 15, 2010


  12. #12 Rory Kent
    November 16, 2010

    Congratulations Ethan!
    Truly well deserved!

  13. #13 W. Schneyder
    November 16, 2010

    Sincere Congratulations Ethan!
    By the way, nice profile photo … 😉

  14. #14 Nick
    November 16, 2010


  15. #15 vagueofgodalming
    November 16, 2010


  16. #16 Joffemannen
    November 16, 2010

    Congrats! Same day as they exhumed Tycho Brahe, weird

  17. #17 Tony
    November 16, 2010

    Nice work, Ethan!

  18. #18 AngelGabriel
    November 16, 2010

    For the first time in the history of the Universe, Ethan and his bloggers have won. Yes, yes, they counted our chads; this is the Universe not Florida. Congratulation Ethan.

  19. #19 Michel
    November 16, 2010

    Congrats Ethan!
    Much deserved!
    And thanks for all those posts that keep me coming back for more.
    So thanks.
    Now I want more!

  20. #20 parclair
    November 16, 2010

    Congratulations on winning! Yours is the only non-geophysics blog I read any more. I looooove your explanations, so clear, so complete.

  21. #21 Sriram
    November 16, 2010

    Great work Ethan!

  22. #22 DaveH
    November 16, 2010

    Well deserved. Hopefully even more people will come to your blog.

  23. #23 Mike
    November 16, 2010

    Well done, Ethan! Know it’s one of my favorite blogs on any subject.

  24. #24 Jason Goldman
    November 16, 2010


  25. #25 "Shecky R."
    November 16, 2010

    Congrats indeed!! & well-deserved. When I saw who the finalists were I was afraid you wouldn’t win — nice to see these awards actually conclude as they ought sometimes.

  26. #26
    November 17, 2010

    Planeta Guia convida você, a sua empresa a acessar e fazer o seu anuncio gratuitamente, estamos precisando de conteudo, na adesão voce ganha uma loja virtual, vamos povoar este mundo, Planeta Guia seu Bairro seu Mundo, o mais novo portal de busca do brasil.
    coloque o maximo de palavras chaves possíveis pois elas são muito importantes para localizar a sua marca o seu produto, o seu anúncio, no descritivo apenas 150 caracteres.

  27. #27 IanW
    November 17, 2010

    Congratulations! You’ve earned it.

  28. #28 a lurker
    November 17, 2010

    Congrats from lurker land! You deserve it.

  29. #29 pharma75
    November 18, 2010


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