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Hmmmmm. Burnham’s Celestial Handbook from the year I was born. Zoom Image

Hmmmmm. Burnham’s Celestial Handbook from the year I was born.

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When it comes to atoms, language can only be used as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.
Niels Bohr

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I think I would say that the universe has a purpose, it’s not somehow just there by chance … some people, I think, take the view that the universe is just there and it runs along – it’s a bit like it just sort of computes, and we happen somehow by accident to find ourselves in this thing. But I don’t think that’s a very fruitful or helpful way of looking at the universe, I think that there is something much deeper about it.
Roger Penrose (from Brief History of Time)

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There is absolutely no way that unaided human intuition can predict or even imagine how things work on such distant scales. Physical laws that apply at one scale do not cease to be true at other scales: they merely cease to matter.
Primack and Abrams

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Richard Feynman - The whole universe, is in a glass of wine (by vebbto)

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Science is a superb and dazzling hall, but one which may be reached only by passing through a long and ghastly kitchen.
Claude Bernard

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Their silences were as deeply and comfortably mutual as their conversations.
Ursula Le Guin

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A human without a cosmology is like a pebble lying near the top of a great mountain, in contact with its little indentation in the dirt and the pebbles immediately surrounding it, but oblivious to its stupendous view.
Primack and Abrams

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Cosmologies are thought-control systems that can have a dark side of limiting both imagination and membership.
Primack and Abrams

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newdart:

Thanks, Log Lady.

newdart:

Thanks, Log Lady.

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Probably isn’t a good idea to leave fairly obvious phenomena apparent in the cosmos out of your own personal cosmology.

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If in our impatience for Ultimate Truth we rip open the goose to discover its secret, we will find only meaningless entrails.
Primack and Abrams

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He who will please the crowd and for the sake of the most ephemeral renown will either proclaim those things which nature does not display or even will publish genuine miracles of nature without regard to deeper causes is a spiritually corrupt person.
Johannes Kepler

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The Nebra Sky Disk.

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The Nebra Sky Disk.

(via History of Cosmology)

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