All posts by Diana Battefeld

  • Through their prejudices men do without any effort many things they would find too difficult to think through to the point of resolving to do them.

    Georg C. Lichtenberg

  • Painting of the Week

    Looking into the Abyss

    Diana P. Battefeld (2015.) Looking into the Abyss [Oil on Canvas] Göttingen. Visualization appeared in O. James et al., Classical and Quantum Gravity 32 (2015) 065001. A black hole is a region in spacetime that is so dense that nothing can escape its gravitational pull, not even light. The gravitational attraction is so large that …

  • Where the frontier of science once was is now the centre.

    Georg C. Lichtenberg, German Physicist and master of Aphorisms

  • 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 …

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