Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The mystical silence of the evening sky, together with the solitude of the mind, is like two oceans that finally meet and brush their tides together on the same shore. There is a continuous poetry from the sky to the mind to the heart. And this poetry, often times unspoken but felt, was what Antoine… Continue reading Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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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

Bringing science into the pop culture

Throughout history, there has been plenty of people who bring new meanings into the sciences, to keep it out of the lab boxes, and to explore the human and spiritual side of science. Growing up in an era where schools easily confine science into a specific class, it’s easy to forget that underneath its numerical… Continue reading Bringing science into the pop culture

Why eclipse meant bad omen

“Human beings fall easily into despair, and from the very beginning we invented stories that enabled us to place our lives in a larger setting, that revealed an underlying pattern, and gave us a sense that, against all the depressing and chaotic evidence to the contrary, life had meaning and value.” Karen Armstrong And where’s… Continue reading Why eclipse meant bad omen

Nana Primadi, Ibu Astronomi Indonesia

Premana Primadi is an Indonesian astronomer and head of Bosscha Observatorium, who shares Stephen Hawking’s ALS disease, but still stands for Indonesia’s astronomy study with her indelible charm. Her name is on a 10 km diameter asteroid that travels at 25 km/s, orbiting the sun every 4.5 years, but she’s a figure who is still… Continue reading Nana Primadi, Ibu Astronomi Indonesia

The third man who went to the Moon but didn’t land

“The moon I have known all my life, that two‐dimensional, small yellow disk in the sky, has gone away somewhere, to be replaced by the most awesome sphere I have ever seen. To begin with it is huge, completely filling our window. Second, it is three‐dimensional. The belly of it bulges out towards us in… Continue reading The third man who went to the Moon but didn’t land