• 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


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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