Category Archives: physics

Stars, Leaves, and speculations about Dark Matter

“Topmost branches stretched in all directions, arched over the road, merging into a lush green canopy, dappled with yellow, saffron and vermillion. Bright-blue patches of sky peeked through the dome. A kingdom to itself, Danielle thought. Each tree was a … Continue reading

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George Green’s birthday

When one is asked to name prominent English scientists who forged our understanding of electricity and magnetism, the two giants that immediately pop to mind: Michael Faraday (1791– 1867), who established the basis for the concept of the electromagnetic field, … Continue reading

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Why does the Moon have phases?

“Moonspinners. They’re naiads – you know, water-nymphs. Sometimes, when you’re deep in countryside, you meet three girls, walking along the hill tracks in the dusk, spinning. They each have a spindle, and onto these they are spinning their wool, milk-white, … Continue reading

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Talking cosmology at a party

“…I barely know her, but if I were you, I would not mention cosmology.” Jon’s advice was not surprising. Danielle did not mention what she was studying when the likely responses were astonished stares, ill-fitted jokes, and awkward silences before … Continue reading

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Another reason to celebrate Albert Einstein’s birthday

“Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But I do not doubt that the lion belongs to it even though he cannot at once reveal himself because of his enormous size.” Albert Einstein, in a letter, March 1914 … Continue reading

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Celebrating first anniversary

I am celebrating the first anniversary of Initial Conditions, with a promotion and a giveaway. After ten years of writing and rewriting, I published my first novel, Initial Conditions, in early 2015. I watched it take tiny steps and nervously … Continue reading

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Tales of extreme sensitivity

Water streamed from her hair down her clothes into her shoes, and ran out at the heels. Yet she claimed to be a real Princess. “We’ll soon find that out,” the old Queen thought to herself. Without saying a word … Continue reading

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