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Did it all start with a bang? (Synopsis)

“Both the solutions must be rejected, and as these are the only statical solutions of the equations… the true solution represented in nature must be a dynamical solution.” -Willem de Sitter First off, welcome, everyone! As you well know, the main Starts With A Bang blog has moved to Medium, something that’s received mixed reviews from…

A New Adventure for a New Year!

“Actually, I wasn’t happy or sad. I was medium. And medium is the happiest that I’ll ever be.” -Axe Cop It’s been an amazing journey over the years, sharing the joys and wonders of the Universe with you. From the smallest subatomic particles, the most fundamental interactions and the shortest timescales imaginable to the stars, galaxies,…

“I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won’t contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That’s what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act.” -Orson Welles It’s like that for…

“History is full of people who out of fear, or ignorance, or lust for power has destroyed knowledge of immeasurable value which truly belongs to us all. We must not let it happen again.” -Carl Sagan From the streets and people of our hometown to the nations, planets, stars and galaxies (and beyond) of our…

Weekend Diversion: A Story To Tell

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” -Rudyard Kipling You might not believe it, but when I was a kid, I hated writing. Absolutely hated it. And it wasn’t because I didn’t have anything to write, or because I didn’t enjoy communicating my thoughts, or because I didn’t like…

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” -Eleanor Roosevelt I’ve always been a big fan of personal freedom, which includes the freedom to speak your mind, say what you think, ask questions, be…

What is this all about?

“You don’t use science to show that you’re right, you use science to become right.” -Randall of xkcd In January of 2008, I began writing this blog, Starts With A Bang, both for myself and for all of you, because we all have something in common. The same planet, the same heavens, the same laws of nature and the…

“As always on this boulevard, the faces were young, coming annually in an endless migration from every country, every continent, to alight here once in the long journey of their lives.” -Brian Moore Even the Universe experiences a “great migration” every now and again, where giant, massive globules of interstellar gas are blown thousands of…

“If people decide they’re going to deny the facts of history and the facts of science and technology, there’s not much you can do with them. For most of them, I just feel sorry that we failed in their education.” -Harrison Schmitt Last year, I asked a simple question with no easy answer: Whom Do…

Giving Thanks, and Giving Back

“Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.” -Henry Ford Here in the United States, it’s American Thanksgiving, our annual harvest festival. Traditionally, it’s the one day out of the year where we spend it with the people most important to us, and give genuine…