Thursday, April 13, 2006

Space Thursday!

Some quotes I read at lunch from my book, About Time: Einstein's Unfinished Revolution by Paul Davies.

"In fact, the Russians disliked the term 'black hole' for that very reason [that the object should actually be occupied by remnants of the dead star, not just black emptiness]. Out of earshot, they would jokingly call them 'labor camps,' since nothing can come out of them."

"When you have an infinite timewarp, one woman's microsecond is another woman's forever."

And the one that makes me want to jump out the window:

"Tall and somewhat imperious, [Edwin] Hubble had started life as a lawyer, but turned to astronomy, where he was to reveal a cosmic law that would be hailed as the discovery of the century."

Also, did you hear the news about Venus? Europe sent a probe that just arrived at the gaseous planet and it's starting to return some pretty cool pictures. Check it out.

(Thanks to Jake for forwarding me the article.)


At 12:18 PM, April 14, 2006, Anonymous kirk diogu said...

don't you like astronomy. i do. used to operate a big dish in conjunction with my past job. it's refreshing the objective balance that's required to pursue the subject. people carry way to many preconceptions / orthodoxies in too many other disciplines. sometimes we forget how narrow-minded and shelterd we make ourselves with other issues. astronomy and related sciences force you to keep an open mind to pursue them. i hope you are one who carries over the open mind into the rest of your life.

At 11:27 AM, April 15, 2006, Anonymous dhimmi slayer said...

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