Archives for January, 2011

Some Surprises about Big Black Holes

“Einstein was wrong when he said, ‘God does not play dice.’ Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can’t be seen.” -Stephen Hawking Welcome back to Starts With A Bang after a brief vacation! Apparently, I go away for…

While I’m away for a few days…

“If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get out of life that we give to the question of what to do with a two weeks’ vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days.” -Dorothy Canfield Fisher…

“The size of the universe is no more depressing than the size of a cow.” -David Deutsch But it is bizarre, I’ll give you that. The most common scientific question I get asked is how, if the Universe is 13.7 billion years old, and the speed limit of the Universe is the speed of light,…

So… the Earth is 6,001 years old now?

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” -Oprah Winfrey We’ve just completed another trip around the Sun, both in terms of the calendar year, and also the way astronomers measure it, by returning once again to perihelion, the closest point in our orbit to the Sun. If you…

Happy Snowy New Year!

“They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?” -Jeanette Winterson Here in Portland, it’s just cold for now. But much of the world has been blanketed in…