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The Two Big Bangs (Synopsis)

“These theories were based on the hypothesis that all the matter in the universe was created in one big bang at a particular time in the remote past.” -Fred Hoyle It’s making headlines everywhere we go: the recent paper stating that quantum equations prove that there is no Big Bang. Is that even possible? Honestly, it…

When you think of thermodynamics, and how energy, temperature, heat and entropy are all related in a system full of particles so numerous you could never hope to count them all in a thousand lifetimes, there are only a few names that stand out as titans in the field. Boltzmann and Ehrenfest are perhaps two…

“Girls blush, sometimes, because they are alive, half wishing they were dead to save the shame. The sudden blush devours them, neck and brow; They have drawn too near the fire of life, like gnats, and flare up bodily, wings and all. What then? Who’s sorry for a gnat or girl?” -Elizabeth Barrett Browning As…

“When I look at the moon I do not see a hostile, empty world. I see the radiant body where man has taken his first steps into a frontier that will never end.” -David Scott, Commander, Apollo 15 The Moon is perhaps the oldest sight known to humans and our animal ancestors here on Earth, with its…

“And there is the headlight, shining far down the track, glinting off the steel rails that, like all parallel lines, will meet in infinity, which is after all where this train is going.” -Bruce Catton At the end of each week here at Starts With A Bang, it’s important to take a look back at all we’ve gone…

“Henceforth space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will preserve an independent reality.” -Hermann Minkowski When you think of waves, chances are you think of some type of pressure wave moving through a medium, like sound or water…

“The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.” -Aleister Crowley Our Universe is the way it is for two reasons: the initial conditions that…

“The dance between darkness and light will always remain — the stars and the moon will always need the darkness to be seen, the darkness will just not be worth having without the moon and the stars.” -C. JoyBell C. Yet what do you do when you discover a moon that itself straddles the border between light-and-dark? It…

Cosmology in the 21st Century (Synopsis)

“Every generation of physicists solves some old puzzles and finds some new ones.” -Dr. Kendrick Smith A century ago, no one could have envisioned the Universe we have today. From a Universe governed by Newton’s and Maxwell’s laws, consisting only of the Milky Way and the objects within, who could have imagined the new forces,…

When you think of dark matter, you very likely think of a halo of diffuse, unseen mass whose gravitational influence is felt by everything within our galaxy, and every galaxy or cluster out there. But what you might not consider is that this dark matter is consistently passing through Earth and every atom-and-molecule on it. Every…