“I see a lot of new faces. But, you know the old saying, ‘out with the old, in with the nucleus.’” –The Simpsons Looking around the Universe today, there’s no doubt that there’s plenty of hydrogen and helium around; after all, it’s the nuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium that powers the vast majority of stars … Read moreWhy did the Universe start off with Hydrogen, Helium, and not much else?
“Twinkle, twinkle, quasi-star Biggest puzzle from afar How unlike the other ones Brighter than a billion suns Twinkle, twinkle, quasi-star How I wonder what you are.” –George Gamow The Big Bang is one of the greatest, revolutionary ideas in all of modern science, but it’s also one of the most successful ideas as far as … Read moreWhat is the Big Bang all about?
“It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. It’s a crazy world out there. Be curious.” –Stephen Hawking One of the most existential questions humanity has ever asked is the question of our origins: where do I come from? Inspired by … Read moreFrom Nothing to You in 10 Sentences
“Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it.” – Samuel Johnson I have a six-sided die. I’m going to roll it ten times, and record each roll. And when I’m done, I’m going to have an incredibly rare, bet-you-can’t-reproduce-it result! … Read moreThe Last Refuge of a Science-Denying Scoundrel
“A cosmic mystery of immense proportions, once seemingly on the verge of solution, has deepened and left astronomers and astrophysicists more baffled than ever. The crux … is that the vast majority of the mass of the universe seems to be missing.” –William J. Broad Despite the wondrous, luminous sights of the night sky, we’ve … Read moreThe Halloween Horror of the Dark Universe!
“The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error.” –Bertolt Brecht One of the most frequent questions I get about the Universe — as a cosmologist — isn’t quite about the Big Bang in and of itself. The Big Bang is a remarkable … Read moreWhat Happened Before The Big Bang?
“It took less than an hour to make the atoms, a few hundred million years to make the stars and planets, but five billion years to make man!” –George Gamow Earlier today, a video (from last month) was released where one of the members of the US House of Representative — a member who sits … Read moreWhy I am a liar straight from the pit of hell
“I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like to be taught.” –Winston Churchill My very first time leading a classroom — on my own — was back in June of 2000. I was 21 years old, fresh out of college, and was teaching science in a middle school classroom. And I … Read moreIt's never too late… to discover science!
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” –Stephen Hawking The Universe is a vast, seemingly unending marvel of existence. Over the past century, we’ve learned that the Universe stretches out beyond the billions of stars in our Milky Way, out across billions of light years, containing close to … Read moreHow Big is the Entire Universe?
“We knew that we had indeed done something that was very different and very exciting, but we still didn’t expect it to have something to do with physical reality.” –Gerald Guralnik, co-developer of the Higgs mechanism Might as well make this entire week “Higgs week” here on Starts With A Bang, given how important yesterday’s … Read moreExplaining the Higgs: on TV last night!