Thursday, June 16, 2011

What It's All About

Bill Vallicella is one of my favorite philosophers. He manages so often to say better what we often think we know, but just as often cannot articulate so well.

This post today made me think of an old friend from school. An atheist, but never satisfied with it; always searching for something more meaningful than just the Pale Blue Dot. I like to think she'd appreciate this.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Astronomers Behaving Badly

In my 2005 biography of Georges Lemaître, I argued that Hubble's Law should have been called Lemaître's Law, as he derived the linear velocity-distance relation between galaxies two years before Hubble did. (That bastard.)

Turns out, there was more going on behind the scenes at the time than people realized.