Edgar Allan Poe: A Voyage to the Moon

A century before man landed on the Moon, Edgar Allan Poe envisioned himself traveling to the Moon with the mean of a balloon. In 1835, Poe published a short story detailing this cosmic escape, titled The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall. Astronomy was far from what we know today. Milky Way was still thought… Continue reading Edgar Allan Poe: A Voyage to the Moon

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Williamina Fleming: From Maid to Stardom

At the dawn of the 19th century, together with Harvard's head of observatory Edward Pickering, Williamina Fleming led the way for a new kind of system to look at the stars. And thus while the old time astronomer clings tenaciously to his telescope for visual observations, astronomical photography is leaving him far behind and almost… Continue reading Williamina Fleming: From Maid to Stardom

The Harvard Computers: The Women who laid the Foundation for Big Bang

In the coffee world, just before the green beans are bagged and shipped into various roasteries around the coffee, they're placed on the table and a group of women, with a quick yet sharp look, will manually sort them into groups. This is an important yet ever underestimated task. Spending a few hours a day… Continue reading The Harvard Computers: The Women who laid the Foundation for Big Bang

Maria Mitchell: The Women who Broke the Glass Ceiling

Long before women can run the world, Maria Mitchell, a woman from a small island in Massachusetts, opened and taught the first class of female astronomers in the US. Born in 1818, decades before women were seen as equal to men, Mitchell knew that women were confined in their seemingly predestined roles, whereas men were… Continue reading Maria Mitchell: The Women who Broke the Glass Ceiling

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The Little Prince

There is continuous poetry from the sky to the mind to the heart. And this poetry, often times unspoken but felt, was what Antoine de Saint-Exupéry manifested into words and passages in his luminous book, The Little Prince. A child of wealthy parents, Antoine’s father passed away when he was four and he, with his… Continue reading Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The Little Prince

Stanley Kubrick and Carl Sagan in 2001

David Bowman, an astronaut, had long learned that his mission to Jupiter was to make a close approach to a possible advanced civilization. He was accompanied by the AI computer HAL, his fellow astronaut Gary Lockwood and a few more astronauts that were under hibernation. On this few-year mission, HAL went back against Bowman, nearly… Continue reading Stanley Kubrick and Carl Sagan in 2001

Einstein’s Musical Muse

In 1905, long before we understand that space makes ripples, Einstein proposed the idea that time, like space, is also a dimension that can be curved and bent. Einstein had pondered about curvature of spacetime since he was 16—and it wasn’t just because he’s a theoretical genius. Believing that “imagination is more important than knowledge,”… Continue reading Einstein’s Musical Muse