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Toaster sent me this link with a comment saying I would probably like it. There's no probably - it's as beautiful as the first one if not more. Four of my favorite "faces of science" in one video! Sagan's still the cutest, athough Feynman would be a hoot to hang out with.




Meanwhile I'm having an awesome night! My aunt and uncle are visiting from NY, and we had them up for dinner. I made chili and John made tamale-stuffed peppers. I also did a big ole cheese tray for snacking and heated up a store-bought cherry pie for desert. Then we made them watch the IT Crowd (which they loved - cuz they are crazy cool) and now we're watching Criminal Minds and CSI:NY, which I had better get back to before I miss something important. :)

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gypsyariana
Oct. 22nd, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
Carl Sagan is so eloquent! They're all cool, but he just transcends.

"We are made of star stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself."

Yeah.
madladyred
Oct. 23rd, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
yeah!!
Sagan is definitely a poet. I love listening to him. :)

That idea of being made of star stuff is one of my favorite concepts in the universe! I even got a tattoo specifically because of a quote in The Physics of Star Trek "I find this one of the most fascinating and poetic facts about the universe: we are all literally star children."

We are all connected to every other living and nonliving thing in the universe - beyond even the concepts of distance or time.


Oh, since I'm already babbling on and on - this is the full quote and the reason for picking a hydrogen atom specifically, as in the idea that from the big bang to plasma to protons and electrons to the formation of the first hydrogen atom that led to stars whose collapse let to the heavier elements that became the stuff we are made from - "Many of the heavy elements created during the stellar processing, and others created during the explosion itself, are dispersed into the interstellar medium, and some of this “stardust” is incorporated in gas that collapses to form another star somewhere else. Over billions of years later generations of stars – so-called Population 1 stars, like our Sun – form, and any number of these can be surrounded by a swirling disk of gas and dust, which could coalesce to form planets containing heavy elements like calcium, carbon, and iron. Out of this stuff we are made. Every atom in our bodies was created billions of years ago, in the fiery furnace of some long dead star. I find this one of the most fascinating and poetic facts about the universe: we are all literally star children." The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M Krauss, Page 122
gypsyariana
Oct. 27th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
Re: yeah!!
I am neither eloquent, nor a poet, so all I can really say is that is an awe-some (in the truest sense of the word) quote, and thank you for sharing! :)
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