“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Thursday, December 3, 2015

"Running Your Finger Around the Rim of a Black Hole"

The European Space Agency has launched a probe that is designed to help prove an idea developed by Albert Einstein a hundred years ago: the existence of gravity waves. Dr David Robertson, research fellow for the Institute of Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow, has been working on this project for 10 years. And was on BBC radio 4 this morning. Fantastic. I recorded it. Glimpsing the data within a black hole by analyzing the gravity waves rippling out of it sounded tantalizing, and was very poetically put (see this post's title).

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