"Galileo's Pendulum" is a blog covering physics, astronomy, math, and related topics - all for a non-specialist audience. I am especially interested in showing how science actually works, and how the various conceptual pieces fit together to make the theoretical framework that provides the best description of the natural world.
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It’s not the Devil’s land, you know it’s not that kind Every devil I meet becomes a friend of mine Every devil I meet is an angel in disguise —”Jonas and Ezekiel“, The Indigo Girls The American West is rife with hellish nomenclature. Settlers pushing west from the organized United States into the Plains and […]
The Music of the Spheres turns out to have some incredibly terrifying lyrics. — Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) April 6, 2014 As deaths go, our Sun’s will be gentle: no supernova, no black hole, no cataclysm. Roughly 5 billion years from now, our host star will exhaust the hydrogen fuel in its core and expand into […]
Grandfather, grandmother – children of the Depression I am theirs, as much as they are mine; Teachers demanding fealty to the life of learning, A loyalty I eagerly, willingly gave. They bought my books, remembering old struggles - Their own poverty in payment for the life of learning The payment of energy to bring them […]
If you’re like me, you’re watching the new Cosmos with Neil DeGrasse Tyson diligently these days. Last night’s show (at least for those of us viewing on Fox in the United States) largely dealt with my favorite topic: gravitation, and how it creates bizarre objects like black holes. One very exciting image went by almost […]
Sometimes when you’re too busy, the best thing to do is try a new project. Well, maybe not. In any case, I didn’t have time to write a full blog post, so I recorded a (relatively) short podcast filling in some of my thoughts about Monday’s big cosmology story.Filed under: Cosmology, Personal Musings
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