The Unexpected Math Behind Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”

≡ Category: Art, Physics |2 Comments

If you’ve taken a good art history course on the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, you’ve inevitably encountered Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 masterpiece “Starry Night,” which now hangs in the MoMA in New York City.

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Stephen Hawking Starts Posting on Facebook: Join His Quest to Explain What Makes the Universe Exist

≡ Category: Astronomy, Physics |16 Comments

I have no idea whether there’s intelligent life out there in the universe. But we can at least confirm that there’s a little intelligent life on Facebook, seeing that Stephen Hawking, the world’s best known theoretical physicist, began posting there yesterday.

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Oxford Scientist Explains the Physics of Playing Electric Guitar Solos

≡ Category: Music, Physics |1 Comment

You’ve heard it before. A power ballad from the 1970s or 1980s is playing and there, smack in the middle, is a face-melting guitar solo that seems to go all over the place before blowing your mind with sheer awesomeness. Think Jimi Hendrix. Think Eric Clapton. And especially think Eddie Van Halen.

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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, The Most Popular Physics Book Ever Written, Now Completely Online

≡ Category: Physics |8 Comments

Last fall, we let you know that Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website joined forces to create an online edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics. They started with Volume 1. And now they’ve followed up with Volume 2 and Volume 3, making the collection complete.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson, High School Wrestling Team Captain, Invented a Physics-Based Wrestling Move

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We know that Neil deGrasse Tyson was something of a wunderkind during his high school years. If you’re an OC regular, you’ve read all about how Carl Sagan personally recruited Tyson to study with him at Cornell. Deftly, politely, the young Tyson declined and went to Harvard.

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Stephen Hawking Shows His Funny Side in John Oliver’s Series “Great Minds: People Who Think Good”

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John Oliver kicked off his new series “Great Minds: People Who Think Good” with an extended interview with Stephen Hawking. For a moment there, it all feels a bit like a classic Ali G interview.

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Morgan Freeman & Fake Neil deGrasse Tyson Teach Physics While High on Helium and Grass

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Viral video #1: In a new ad for the Science Channel’s series, Through the Wormhole, actor Morgan Freeman uses helium to entice viewers into thinking about how physicists are studying gravity in places where it acts quite strangely.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Moonwalking

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A couple weeks ago, we showed you the Pre-History of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk, highlighting a medley of the fancy foot moves of Cab Calloway, Sammy Davis Jr., Fred Astaire and some lesser-known figures like Rubberneck Holmes and Earl “Snakehips” Tucker.

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Watch Episode #3 of Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson: “When Knowledge Conquered Fear” (US Viewers)

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Last week’s episode of the Cosmos reboot saw Neil deGrasse Tyson giving Fox viewers a lesson in evolution, a lesson that ended with the quiet but emphatic declaration: “The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact. Evolution really happened.

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Watch The Touching Moment When Physicist Andrei Linde Learns That His Theories on the Big Bang Were Finally Validated

≡ Category: Astronomy, Physics |2 Comments

On Monday, the science world joyously celebrated a seminal astrophysics discovery. Using a telescope in the South Pole, researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics detected ripples in the fabric of space-time, called gravitational waves.

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