Completely Contented

“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

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Astronautical Joys

Life in interstellar space will have its perks. ASTRONAUTICAL JOYS One day the horizon won’t seem so vast, when we step off the planet of our birth. In space, we’ll look ahead into the past to find a future never seen on Earth. The farther out we look the further back we see to the […]

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Sagittarius A*

This Acrostic poem spells Milky Way Galaxy down the left margin, to commemorate finding the super massive black hole at our own galaxy’s center, called Sagittarius A (and here, the word “Star” is what’s spoken, but it’s written as:) “*.” So the title is “Sagittarius A* , pronounced Sagittarius-A-Star (stop looking for the footnote). The […]

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Singularity

 SINGULARITY I’m always fascinated when two distinct time frames occur “simultaneously.” Looking from the outside at Alice disappearing into a black hole seems to take forever, thinks Bob, who stays on Earth to observe. Eventually, her light red shifts and fades to the point where it’s indistinguishable from the background of space and the black […]

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Sidereal Atlas

It would be possible to chart a course for a planet in another galaxy, only to find out its star had already gone supernova before we had even begun our journey.  Since, at present, we have no hope of traveling faster than light, we can only obtain distant information at the speed of light, so […]

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Universal Misconception

Another sonnet on this topic comes from the sequel to Bard Of Mars, entitled View From Earth: PEDAGOGIC PROTOCOL   Be careful what analogies you use. Sometimes they are literally taken and could misrepresent, mislead, confuse, or trap in a premise that’s mistaken the very minds that you seek to inform about the design and […]

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