The Structure of Matter (1982)

March 12, 2011 § 1 Comment

Struktur der Materie

Recent flea market find:

Kleine Enzyklopädie Struktur der Materie
Weißmantel/Lenk/Forker/Linke (Eds.)
VEB Bibliographisches Institut Leipzig, 1982.

Deadline for submission was exactly thirty years ago in March 1981.

A Euro well spent.

Polar Opposites

February 15, 2011 Comments Off on Polar Opposites

I have always preferred the North Pole to the South Pole (Ice bears > penguins*), but I’d still love to visit Antarctica’s Dark Sector… A place without light pollution or radio wave interference – and a view like that:

The aurora australis over the Dark Sector at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station (Keith Vanderlinde/National Science Foundation)

Be sure to check out the Boston Globe Big Picture post on Scenes from Antarctica, where the above picture was taken from…

The BBC is currently producing a series about the polar regions called The Frozen Planet. The very interesting reports and pictures by Chris Watson can be read, viewed, and listened to here. And now, with Shackleton’s whiskey from his hut on Ross Island being thawed, why not revisit his tales from the South Pole?

Audio Playlist:

1. My South Polar Expedition by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (mp3, Project Gutenberg, 3:43)

2. A Journey South by Chris Watson (mp3, Touch Radio, 50:20)

Hut Interior (c) Chris Watson

*Penguins aren’t that bad, actually…

In case of malfunction

December 4, 2010 Comments Off on In case of malfunction

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Harmonia Macrocosmica (feat. Tycho Brahe)

December 2, 2010 Comments Off on Harmonia Macrocosmica (feat. Tycho Brahe)

Care to see Tycho Brahe’s skull, currently being exhumed to learn more about his life and finally solve the mystery of his death – kidney stones? Mercury poisoning? Murder by Kepler?… More pictures on the official site.

Brahe was a pretty eccentric astronomer/alchemist. He kept a dwarf called Jepp as a court jester, had him sit under the dinner table, and thought he was able to tell the future. Brahe famously lost his nose in a duel with a Danish nobleman and had a piece of metal attached in its place. He also had a pet elk, which supposedly was given too much beer (!) at one of the many social gatherings at Brahe’s, and fell down the stairs to its tragic death… Biopic, anyone?

Here are Scans from the Harmonia Macrocosmica by Andreas Cellarius (1660/1). The first one shows Brahe’s system of planetary orbits, and in the bottom right corner, Brahe himself –  nose still intact.


The Universe

October 30, 2010 Comments Off on The Universe

The Universe is imagined to be beautiful…

…but it doesn’t give a sh*t.

Source 1, 2, 3

Quaoar

October 22, 2010 Comments Off on Quaoar

My favourite animated gif of all times* points out Quaoar, a large Kuiper belt object discovered in 2002, that “sings and dances the world and other deities into existence”. (Sources: 1, 2, 3)

* And yes, I am aware of this (or this).

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