Archives for March, 2012

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” -Albert Einstein Last month, an interesting conversation happened on the topic of the most difficult course that a student takes in their studies. The question, of course, was asking about most difficult in terms of the course content that…

“They call it a great wonder That the Sun would not though the sky was cloudless Shine warm upon the men.” -Sighvald, Icelandic poet A couple of times a year, during the New Moon, the Sun, Moon, and Earth all line up in the same plane. As seen from Earth, the Sun’s disc appears blocked,…

“Is no one inspired by our present picture of the Universe? This value of science remains unsung by singers, you are reduced to hearing not a song or poem, but an evening lecture about it. This is not yet a scientific age.” -Richard Feynman Back in 2008, Time Magazine interviewed Neil de Grasse Tyson, and…

Are You Being Honest With Yourself?

“Be careful. People like to be told what they already know. Remember that. They get uncomfortable when you tell them new things. New things…well, new things aren’t what they expect. They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don’t want to know that man bites…

“I soon became convinced… that all the theorizing would be empty brain exercise and therefore a waste of time unless one first ascertained what the population of the Universe really consists of.” -Fritz Zwicky You very likely know that there are four fundamental forces in the Universe: gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak and strong nuclear…

“The question I always get is, ‘Why didn’t you throw Dr. Smith off the Jupiter?’ I get that all the time.” -Mark Goddard Here at Starts With A Bang, we focus on the promises, possibilities and physical groundings of our Universe, while very rarely venturing into fiction and fantasy. But, very often, it’s the fantastic…

Remember How Tiny We All Are

“The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine.” -James Irwin With everything that goes on in this world, from our daily…