“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.” –Omar N. Bradley Nuclear physics is one of the most daunting, emotionally charged phrases in all of science. You can hardly say the words without the image … Read moreBinding Energy, Nuclear Physics, and Radiation Poisoning
“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.” –Abraham Lincoln It might be Veterans Day / Armistice Day all around the world, but it’s still Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! We may have been fighting wars for all of human history, but nearly all of … Read moreMessier Monday: The Closest Messier Original, M39
“My idea of perfect happiness is a healthy family, peace between nations, and all the critics die.” –David Mamet As a theorist in physics, most of my research time is spent looking for errors in painstaking calculations, writing and running simulation code, and trying desperately to connect some very abstract concepts to potential observables in … Read moreWeekend Diversion: One for the Experimenters
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” –Dale Carnegie Our new Ask Ethan segment has been really … Read moreAsk Ethan #10: Why is the Universe the same everywhere?
“I conclude, therefore, that this star is not some kind of comet or a fiery meteor… but that it is a star shining in the firmament itself one that has never previously been seen before our time, in any age since the beginning of the world.” –Tycho Brahe I want to take you back in … Read moreThe Night the Universe Changed
“Dream no small dreams, for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Welcome back to yet another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we highlight one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the Messier catalogue, showing you where and how to find … Read moreMessier Monday: The Smallest Messier Galaxy, M32
“My strength is much greater than yours!” –Zangief, Street Fighter II I hope everyone had as great a halloween as I did, and — although I know it’s sad — it’s time to bid a fond farewell to my Zangief avatar that once graced the top this blog. To be honest, I’ll miss Zangief quite … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Street Fighter, The Later Years
“Galileo got it wrong. The Earth does not revolve around the Sun. It revolves around you and has been doing so for decades. At least, this is the model you are using.” –Srikumar Rao It’s the end of the week, so that means its time to take on another one of your questions from the … Read moreAsk Ethan #9: Why everything rotates