FLEEING FROM THE PAST Big- Bang, it’s dubbed, but the start of our universe is more like an un-popped bubble expanding forever faster and ever faster fleeing from the only edge time’s arrow insists upon and the only edge allowed.Read more "FLEEING FROM THE PAST"
FATED NEBULAE Like supernovae artists, clouds disperse behemoth art, as stars annihilate. “Sombrero,” “Crab” and “Horsehead” populate the gallery of our known universe. There’s “Eagle” and “Pillars Of Creation,” There’s “Ant,” “Tarantula” and “Pelican.” There’s even one called “Big Running Chicken.” One slightly resembles our great nation. These interstellar Rorschach tests reveal the shapes […]Read more "FATED NEBULAE"
ORBITING A BLACK HOLE Unlit on the stage, we know the juggler is there though we just see stars.Read more "ORBITING A BLACK HOLE"
COSMIC RECALCULATION — to Dr. Wendy L. Freedman In the cosmos, a crisis brews today, regarding the standard model that’s held. “Things expand too fast,” astronomers say, “The Hubble constant is being excelled. “We’ve graphed predictions and made a table, but Expansion’s chosen another path. Unfortunately, we are unable to force Creation to […]Read more "COSMIC RECALCULATION"
DARK DRIVER What was there to slow cosmic inflation, which occurred shortly after the Big Bang? Nothing obstructed this fomentation, which from an infinitely dense point sprang. The claim is expansion somehow reduced its speed, the second after Creation, (yet, through observation, it’s been deduced there’s still light-speed-limit violation). As though this were viewed – […]Read more "DARK DRIVER"
There’s a philosophical anecdote that’s relevant to physicists today: One must stay afloat and rebuild the boat when, out at sea, safe harbor’s far away. The cargo is loaded, voyage begun, and progress made can’t be abandoned now, […]Read more "RIGGED FOR SUCCESS"
Press play then scroll along QUARK OF FATE Since we ourselves learned how to create, we’ve pondered our night sky’s creation. “Twinkle, Twinkle,” was the song we sang, till Science showed stars are condensate of dust and background radiation from the silent light of the Big Bang. We thought their motions controlled […]Read more "Quark Of Fate"
Poetry and Science Science tries to answer some great questions, in fact the greatest questions of our day. At very least, it offers suggestions for how to frame these questions, anyway. This role is one that poets, too, have played. Both correlate their data to convey their particular premise and persuade, or at least to […]Read more "Poetry And Science"
While not included in Bard Of Mars, this is a limerick tribute to Professor Sara Seager of MIT, who kindly authored the foreword to the book. She also was inspiration for the haiku above and below. Sara Seager is a planetary scientist and astrophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she is a Professor […]Read more "Seager, Ye Shall Find"
“I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of physics and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition.”
– Paul Dirac to Robert Oppenheimer
“You forgot that science has evolved from poetry, and failed to see that a change of times might beneficently reunite the two as friends, at a higher level and to mutual advantage.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe