I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. –Thomas Jefferson It’s the end of the semester at my college as well as at many schools across the world, and I’ve spent the last week or so grading final exams. And while I was doing … Read moreLearning from my Introductory Physics Class
“Music is perpetual, and only the hearing is intermittent.” –Thoreau A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I went to the circus together. Someday, I vowed, I’ll be strong, flexible, and stable enough to do the amazing hand-balancing tricks we saw. And all the while, the six-year-old girl behind us screamed her piercing, high-pitched … Read moreDon’t you hear that?
“I walked on your face!” –Buzz Aldrin, to the Moon Do you watch my favorite show on television, 30 Rock? If you saw this last week’s episode, you know that Tina Fey’s character Liz Lemon got to meet Buzz Aldrin, who… randomly yells at the Moon. (I’m sure this video will get taken down soon, … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Would you like to yell at the Moon with Buzz Aldrin?
“What is art but life upon the larger scale, the higher. When, graduating up in a spiral line of still expanding and ascending gyres, it pushes toward the intense significance of all things, hungry for the infinite?” –Elizabeth Barrett Browning I don’t mean to ask why the Milky Way is a spiral in an existential … Read moreWhy are we a Spiral Galaxy?
It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out. –J.R.R. Tolkien The night sky is no stranger to most of you. Once the Sun goes down in the west, the sky darkens, turning ever-deeper shades of blue until … Read moreA Mysterious Light on the Darkest Night
“An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life.” –Unknown Every now and again, people with all sorts of backgrounds — from some graduate school all the way to having not finished high school — ask me … Read moreSo, you want to get involved in Astronomy?
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin Every weekend, I try to bring something light to you, but there’s a lot of heavy stuff going on in the world right now. So instead of the usual, I’d like to tell you just a little bit about why putting even a … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Why is Oil in the oceans so frightening?