Ask Ethan #29: The Most Famous Failed Science Experiment (Synopsis)

“The conclusions, the bizarre conclusions, emerge as though with the greatest of ease: the reasoning is unbreakable. It looks as though he had reached the conclusions by pure thought, unaided, without listening to the opinions of others. To a surprisingly large extent, that is precisely what he had done.” -C.P. Snow, on Einstein’s 1905 work … Read moreAsk Ethan #29: The Most Famous Failed Science Experiment (Synopsis)

Messier Monday: The Wrong-Way Globular Cluster, M68 (Synopsis)

“A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?” -Khalil Gibran When you think about globular clusters, you normally think about great collections of hundreds … Read moreMessier Monday: The Wrong-Way Globular Cluster, M68 (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #2: From the Sun’s death to the light elements

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” –Soren Kierkegaard After all is said-and-done this week, and after all the new posts over at the main Starts With A Bang on Medium, you’ve had a chance to have your say here on our forum! And Kierkegaard … Read moreComments of the Week #2: From the Sun’s death to the light elements

Ask Ethan #28: Feeding the Monster (Synopsis)

“What makes us love… is when we learn all these fantastic stories. Feeding the imagination is what makes a subject come alive.” -Daniel Tammet Is the largest object in our galaxy — our central black hole — poised to devour a massive gas cloud? As far as supermassive black holes go, the one at the center of our galaxy … Read moreAsk Ethan #28: Feeding the Monster (Synopsis)

Throwback Thursday: Fun Facts for Pi Day (Synopsis)

“So here we have π squared, which an engineer would call ‘10.’” –Frank King This March 14th, stump your friends with these amazing facts about the world’s favorite transcendental number! I’ve written about Pi Day twice before here on Scienceblogs, but for this year’s festivities, I’ve assembled a collection of my favorite facts about everyone’s … Read moreThrowback Thursday: Fun Facts for Pi Day (Synopsis)