Archives for September, 2015

“Making a wrong decision is understandable. Refusing to search continually for learning is not.” -Phil Crosby From searching for ET to galaxies beyond what Hubble can see, as well as two great guest posts, it’s been an incredible week here at Starts With A Bang. Best of all, you’ve had plenty to say about it all, and…

“To me there has never been a higher source of earthly honor or distinction than that connected with advances in science.” –Isaac Newton If Newton truly meant that sentiment, perhaps he would have been happy to find out that his theory of gravitation — which stood unchallenged for over 200 years — was superseded a…

“The great oak of Astronomy has been felled, and we are lost without its shadow.” –Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, on the passing of Jan Oort In our Solar System, we have the inner, rocky worlds, an asteroid belt, the gas giants and then the Kuiper belt. Out beyond that, in theory, we have the Oort cloud, where a…

“Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save…

Black holes and academic walls (Synopsis)

100 years ago, Einstein put forth his General Theory of Relativity, and 99 years ago, Karl Schwarzschild came up with the mathematical solution describing a black hole, a solution we now know is not only physically valid, but one that has many examples all across the Universe. Yet when you consider quantum physics, the matter…

Maxwell’s Unification Revolution (Synopsis)

When we think of our origin story — the origin of everything in the Universe — many of us think of, “let there be light!” This is true whether you consider the Big Bang origins of our Universe or the biblical stories we’ve told for thousands of years, yet few of us pause to consider…

“This then, I thought, as I looked round about me, is the representation of history. It requires a falsification of perspective. We, the survivors, see everything from above, see everything at once, and still we do not know how it was.” -W.G. Sebald From their discovery in the 1600s, Saturn’s rings have been a source…

“Drawing is not only a way to come up with pictures: drawing is a way to educate your eye to understand visual information, organizing it into a more hierarchical way, a more economical way. When you see something, if you draw often and frequently, you examine a room very differently.” –Vik Muniz If you’ve ever…

“I am quite surprised that it happened during my lifetime. It is nice to be right about something sometimes.” -Peter Higgs The LHC at CERN proved its value, for sure, but there are lots of other opinions floating around. On this and all topics at Starts With A Bang, you’re free to have your say! Here’s the…

“[W]hat Fermi immediately realized was that the aliens have had more than enough time to pepper the Galaxy with their presence. But looking around, he didn’t see any clear indication that they’re out and about. This prompted Fermi to ask what was (to him) an obvious question: ‘where is everybody?’” –Seth Shostak When you consider…