“I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” –Isaac Newton “Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in … Read moreWhy I Always Get Excited About Columbus Day!
“If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.” –John Lennon John Lennon, assassinated thirty years ago, would have been 70 today. Sometimes, a simple song can say … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Happy 70th, John Lennon
“You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.” –Arlo Guthrie You know the story. Every galaxy we look out at, with hardly any exceptions, appears to be moving away from us. Not only that, but the farther away a galaxy appears to be, the faster it appears to move away from … Read moreBig Bang Alternatives: Could my light just get tired?
“Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere.” –Thomas Carlyle When you take a look up at the sky, the two most prominent objects are the Sun and the Moon. And every day, like clockwork, they rise in … Read moreCounterclockwise, but there are exceptions
“Neutrinos, they are very small. They have no charge and have no mass And do not interact at all. The earth is just a silly ball To them, through which they simply pass, Like dustmaids down a drafty hall Or photons through a piece of glass.” –John Updike It was so much fun talking about … Read moreThe Story of the Neutrino
Mission control: You need to bend your knees a little more. Keep your head down. Alan Shepard: I’m… wearing a space suit. Mission control: Just trying to help. Apollo 14, the third crew ever to land on the Moon, pulled one of the most iconic stunts of all time. Along with Stuart Roosa (left) and … Read moreCould you really hit a golf ball miles and miles on the Moon?