Archive for October, 2015

  • Painting of the Week

    A Witch is Unveiled by Rigel

    Diana Battefeld, A Witch is unveiled by Rigel , 2015 [Oil on Canvas]. After an image of NGC 1909 taken by NASA/STScI Digitized Sky Survey. One of the major advances of the twentieth century in theoretical cosmology was made by Russian theoretical physicist and cosmologist George Gamow, (1904 – 1968). Lemaitre’s work reached its apotheosis …

  • Perhaps the so called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.

    Georg C. Lichtenberg.

  • 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 (1858 - 1947) German Physicist

  • Painting of the Week

    Afterdeath

    Diana Battefeld, Afterdeath, 2015 [Oil on Canvas]. After the planetary nebula NGC 2818 photographed by the the wide field planetary camera 2 HST. The presence of the cosmological constant in the Einstein Equations was debated for many years. Einstein thought it “detracted from the formal beauty of the theory”; others thought of it as a …

  • The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape; only man can do that; but, likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority.

    Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

  • Painting of the Week

    Death of a Star

    Diana P. Battefeld, Death of a Star, 2015 [Oil on Canvas] Göttingen. After an image taken by the High-Z Supernova Search Team, HST, NASA. The blunders and successes of the past 300 years culminated in 1926 when Edwin Hubble, through his observations of Cepheid Variables in the Andromeda Nebula, established that the spiral nebulae were …

  • The great rule: If the little bit you have is nothing special in itself, at least find a way of saying it that is a little bit special.

    Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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