What Everyone Should Know about the Universe on the eve of Planck

“Scientific discovery and scientific knowledge have been achieved only by those who have gone in pursuit of it without any practical purpose whatsoever in view.” –Max Planck Tomorrow morning, at 8 AM my time, the press conference that cosmologists have spent the past decade waiting for will finally happen, and the Planck satellite — the … Read moreWhat Everyone Should Know about the Universe on the eve of Planck

Weekend Diversion: Discovering the Universe

“The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagination. It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined it.” –Richard Feynman What did you think about, wonder about, and dream about the first time you saw the … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Discovering the Universe

The Astrophysicist's Alphabet

“When I was having that alphabet soup, I never thought that it would pay off.” –Vanna White Ever want an A-to-Z illustrated alphabet of astrophysics? Turns out that — other than writing your own via Galaxy Zoo — it doesn’t yet exist. So I thought it would be delightful to make one for you… right … Read moreThe Astrophysicist's Alphabet

The First Pakistani Woman PhD in Astrophysics: Exclusive Interview with Mariam Sultana!

“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” –Joan of Arc Regardless of what intrinsic differences any person or group of people have from another, everyone deserves to … Read moreThe First Pakistani Woman PhD in Astrophysics: Exclusive Interview with Mariam Sultana!

What is this all about?

“You don’t use science to show that you’re right, you use science to become right.” –Randall of xkcd In January of 2008, I began writing this blog, Starts With A Bang, both for myself and for all of you, because we all have something in common. The same planet, the same heavens, the same laws of nature and the … Read moreWhat is this all about?