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International Year of Astronomy

I was listening to All Things Considered Science Friday the other day, and they were doing a story on the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescopes, when it occurred to me that I haven’t said anything about the International Year of … Continue reading

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On Raising Daughters

She wants to be just like me! This morning, over breakfast, I asked my 4 1/2 year old daughter if she wanted to see something cool. I showed her a news story about Maryam Mirzakhani, the Stanford Mathematician who is … Continue reading

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Travel to the end of the Universe

About a week ago, I had a contest on io9 calling for questions about the universe. I got one that seems, on first blush, to be kind of silly, but on further inspection is kind of awesome. Cameron asks: What … Continue reading

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A great blurb from Priya Natarajan

So I found this in my inbox: Unputdownable! This book is tremendous fun for any reader curious about our bizarre and beautiful universe. If only the profound concepts and laws of physics were presented in schools in the clear and … Continue reading

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First blurb!

We’re still a few months out until the release of “The Universe in the Rearview Mirror,” but we got our first blurb! I promise not to pester you with all of them, but this one’s a beaut: Dave Goldberg’s entertaining … Continue reading

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Tycho

One of the most famous stories in astronomy surrounds the development of the Keplerian model of the planets. Kepler’s model (the one we use today) has three laws: Planets travel in an ellipse with the sun at one focus. This … Continue reading

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The Transit of Venus (June 5-6)!

Greetings, astronomy fans! As you may have heard, next Tuesday evening (as seen from the east coast of the U.S.), we’re going to witness a rare and historical astronomical event: the transit of Venus. If you somehow missed the news, … Continue reading

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I get email: and then assign it to my students

I’m teaching an advanced undergraduate/graduate course in cosmology this term, and I thought it might be fun to combine the education and outreach sides of my life. I get sent a lot of interesting questions, and answering them have prompted … Continue reading

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About "The Universe in the Rearview Mirror"

The Universe in the Rearview MirrorHow Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality by Dave GoldbergThe Universe in the Rearview Mirror is a brisk, light-hearted, humorous tour of symmetry and the universe at large. Whether you’re a physics neophyte or an accomplished amateur, … Continue reading

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Primaries

This is primarily a blog about physics, astronomy, and science writing, but every so often, I like to dip my toe into discussions about politics or economics. I am not a political scientist or an economist, so you can take … Continue reading

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