|—||Lawrence M. Krauss // A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing|
|—||Lawrence Krauss // A Universe of Nothing: Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing|
So, what do guys think? Is it Venus or Jupiter? (Or that red giant in between, named Aldebaran, that is 68 light years away?) #cosmos #sun #stars #planets #nightsky
“The last librarian to work in the Library was a mathematician, astronomer, physicists, and the head of the Neoplatonic school of philosophy. - an extraordinary range of accomplishment for any individual in any age. Her name was Hypatia. She was born in Alexandria in 370. At a time when women had few options and were treated as property, Hypatia moved freely and unselfconsciously through traditional male domains. By all accounts she was a great beauty. She had many suitors, but rejected all offers of marriage. The Alexandria of Hypatia’s time - by then long under Roman rule - was a city under grave strain. Slavery had sapped classical civilization of its validity. The growing Christian Church was consolidating its power and attempting to eradicate pagan influence and culture. Hypatia stood at the epicenter of these mighty social forces. Cyril, the Archbishop of Alexandria, despised her because of her close friendship with the Roman governor, and because she was a symbol of learning and science, which were largely identified by the early Church as paganism. In great personal danger, she continued to teach and publish, until, in 415, on her way to work she was set upon by a fanatical mob of Cyril’s parishioners. They dragged her from her chariot, tore off her clothes, and, armed with abalone shells, flayed her flesh from her bones [alive]. Her remains were burned, her works obliterated, her name forgotten. Cyril was made a saint.”
- Carl Sagan (Cosmos, page 278, 279)
I just watched a short documentary on Alexandria and remembered this blurb from Cosmos. I like when my worlds collide.
I just purchased a book about Hypatia. It is the very least I can do to ensure her name and her contributions aren’t lost.
In this week’s addition of Used (Audio) Books Shopping Spree:
1) Giving by Bill Clinton (audiobook)
2) The Assault on Reason by Al Gore (audiobook)
3) Our Choice by Al Gore (audiobook)
4) Living History by Hillary Clinton (audiobook)
5) A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing by Lawrence Krause
6) The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
7) Moral Development and Politics by Gordon Schochet
I am stoked. The most expensive one of these cost me $7.50. Now I just need more hours in my day to actually read/listen to them!
Latest tattoos! (1) Voyager Gold Record etching of how to play a record. (2) Ma’at’s feather. #tattoos #tattoo #cosmos #voyager #goldrecord #egypt #ancientegypt #maat
After finishing season 4 of “Breaking Bad” on Netflix this morning, I decided I needed a little break from meth and bloodshed. Vinyl and space until further notice. #vinyl #badbooks #furtherseemsforever #countingcrows #carlsagan #cosmos #hurricanesandy
Just some light lunchtime reading. #deathbyblackhole #ndt #neildegrassetyson #cosmos (Taken with Instagram)