Comments of the Week #73: from the imperfect Universe to the unknowable

“Once you accept that we’re all imperfect, it’s the most liberating thing in the world. Then you can go around making mistakes and saying the wrong thing and tripping over on the street and all that and not feel worried.” -Paloma Faith Yet it’s the imperfections in the Universe that truly enable the most interesting … Read moreComments of the Week #73: from the imperfect Universe to the unknowable

Ask Ethan #102: Is Everything In The Universe The Same Age? (Synopsis)

“The total number of people who understand relativistic time, even after eighty years since the advent of special relativity, is still much smaller than the number of people who believe in horoscopes.” –Yuval Ne’eman It’s been 13.8 billion years since the Big Bang for us, and when we look out at a distant object in … Read moreAsk Ethan #102: Is Everything In The Universe The Same Age? (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #72: On Dark Matter, Black Holes, Starlight and more!

“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not … Read moreComments of the Week #72: On Dark Matter, Black Holes, Starlight and more!

Ask Ethan #101: Did The Universe Need To Be Born “Lumpy”? (Synopsis)

“First, you should check out my house. It’s, like, kinda lame, but way less lame than, like, your house.” –Lumpy Space Princess, Adventure Time When you visualize our Universe today, you probably think about the great clumps of matter — planets, stars, galaxies and clusters — separated by huge distances. But on the largest of … Read moreAsk Ethan #101: Did The Universe Need To Be Born “Lumpy”? (Synopsis)

Throwback Thursday: The Evolution Of Starlight (Synopsis)

“Aristotle taught that stars are made of a different matter than the four earthly elements — a quintessence — that also happens to be what the human psyche is made of. Which is why man’s spirit corresponds to the stars. Perhaps that’s not a very scientific view, but I do like the idea that there’s a little starlight in … Read moreThrowback Thursday: The Evolution Of Starlight (Synopsis)