Archives for March, 2014

“The conclusions, the bizarre conclusions, emerge as though with the greatest of ease: the reasoning is unbreakable. It looks as though he had reached the conclusions by pure thought, unaided, without listening to the opinions of others. To a surprisingly large extent, that is precisely what he had done.” -C.P. Snow, on Einstein’s 1905 work…

“All our sweetest hours fly the fastest.” -Virgil The speed of light in a vacuum is the limit for massless particles, but massive ones are limited even further! Have you ever wondered about that? We can get particles in accelerators up to 99.9999999988% the speed of light, and the Universe makes ones that are even faster!…

All about Cosmic Inflation (Synopsis)

“I don’t think at this point we have any way of knowing where the laws of physics came from. We could hope that when we really understand the laws of physics that they will describe how the Universe came into existence.” -Alan Guth So, since Monday’s big story – about the BICEP2 collaboration announcing the discovery of…

“A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?” -Khalil Gibran When you think about globular clusters, you normally think about great collections of hundreds…

“Despite its name, the big bang theory is not really a theory of a bang at all. It is really only a theory of the aftermath of a bang.” -Alan Guth So, you’ve heard the big news by now, no doubt? Primordial B-modes have been detected in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background! But…

“[M]y goal is to always come from a place of love… but sometimes you just have to break it down for a motherfucker.” -RuPaul We’ve all had to face the dilemma, when we can’t easily afford something, whether to forego it, or whether to obtain it through means that don’t compensate the original content creator.…

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” -Soren Kierkegaard After all is said-and-done this week, and after all the new posts over at the main Starts With A Bang on Medium, you’ve had a chance to have your say here on our forum! And Kierkegaard…

“What makes us love… is when we learn all these fantastic stories. Feeding the imagination is what makes a subject come alive.” -Daniel Tammet Is the largest object in our galaxy — our central black hole — poised to devour a massive gas cloud? As far as supermassive black holes go, the one at the center of our galaxy…

“So here we have π squared, which an engineer would call ‘10.’” -Frank King This March 14th, stump your friends with these amazing facts about the world’s favorite transcendental number! I’ve written about Pi Day twice before here on Scienceblogs, but for this year’s festivities, I’ve assembled a collection of my favorite facts about everyone’s…

The 3 most surprising elements (Synopsis)

“We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from… Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their elements.” -William Shakespeare Every element found on Earth was made in either the Big Bang or the cores of stars… except these…