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A New Challenge, A New Job, and A New Chance

“If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.” -Abraham Lincoln It was nearly four years ago that I started blogging back at my old site, branching out from the hardcore research of physical cosmology and the teaching of physics and astronomy, and into…

Weekend Diversion: Fighting on the Internet

“When you roll around in the mud with a pig, you both get dirty, and the pig enjoys it.” -Old Folk Wisdom One of the things I’ve learned over the time I’ve been blogging is that, no matter what position you take on any issue, whether it’s science, politics, religion, morality, or anything else, is…

A Labor Day Big Announcement

“But I’m also talking about American businessmen doing what they were born to do. Make things. We’ve stopped making and become a country of consumers. Well, I, for one, am done consuming. And I’m ready to make.” -Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock I don’t normally write about what’s going on in my personal life, but this…

Monday Funday WE WON Day!

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” -Sylvia Plath A few weeks ago, I told you about a science writing contest going on over at 3 Quarks Daily, open to all…

Monday Madness: WE WON!

“Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.” -Malcolm Forbes It is official; you voted and the world has listened. I am proud to welcome you to the best physics blog in the world! We not only won physics.org‘s best blog, we were also the people’s choice award winner! Thanks to the judges, thanks to all…

Weekend Diversion: VOTE FOR ME!

“In science, ‘fact’ can only mean ‘confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.’ I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.” -Stephen Jay Gould It’s been almost three years since I started science writing, and almost…

My Brush With Fame?

Those of you who’ve been reading Starts With A Bang since this last summer may have seen this article I wrote — The Math of the Fastest Human Alive — about Usain Bolt’s world record in the 100 meter dash. Little did I know what type of interest this would generate. A few weeks after…

Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right. -Oprah Welcome to 2010, everybody! I know that many of you have been following my writing for some time, and many of you have just started recently, so I’d like to start the New Year off right, and (re)introduce myself and…

Welcome to Starts With A Bang!

Welcome to our new home on the web! For those of you who are longtime readers of Starts With A Bang!, I welcome you to our new location! And to those of you who see me as a new face, it’s my pleasure to meet you! I’m looking forward to a long and healthy partnership…

Scientific Arguments

Sometimes, I publish things on this website that are not entirely correct (and when I do, I’ll own up to it). Sometimes other people do on theirs. There are bad ways and good ways to argue these points, ranging from name-calling to explicitly explaining where the flaws are in one’s arguments, and what the corrections…