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

    Georg C. Lichtenberg.

Painting of the Week

Butterfly

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Diana Battefeld, Butterfly, 2015 [Oil on Canvas]. After an image of NGC 6302, photographed by NASA’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team. Aleksander Friedmann did not live to see the impact of his discovery. He died in 1925. The significance of his work was not appreciated until two years …

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

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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

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Diana 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 in …

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