MAY 2018
The Universe - physical and poetic perspectives
Death of a star
A fascination for our Universe and the unknown have inspired scientists and humanists alike for as long as mankind has existed. Some riddles have been solved while many are still to be tackled. The secrets behind the life and death of stars and the dawn of the universe are but a few of the mysteries that Nobel Laureates have tried to solve with their work. On a long sea voyage from India to England in 1930, the young Subramanyan Chandrasekhar passed the time by thinking about what happens to more massive stars once they stop shining. Driven by this curiosity, his work related to the structure and evolution of stars was awarded the 1983 Physics Pri

 The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was awarded for the observation of gravitational waves.
Gravitational waves captured
On 14 September 2015, the universe's gravitational waves were observed for the very first time. The waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein a hundred years ago, came from a collision between two black holes. It took 1.3 billion years for the waves to arrive at the LIGO detector in the USA.

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves".

"This is the radiation we are looking at, it's the Big Bang itself"
The 100th Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to John Mather and George Smoot in 2006 for recording faint echoes of the birth of the universe to gain understanding of the origin of galaxies and stars. Listen to them talking about the universe and the Big Bang

Mapping the Universe
What will be the final destiny of the Universe? The 2011 Physics Laureates observed supernovae and discovered that the Universe is expanding at an ever-accelerating rate. Listen to their discussion.

Reflection on the Cosmos
"O would that we could turn back to our base 
now that we realize what our space-ship is: 
a little bubble in the glass of Godhead."

The most famous poem Aniara by Nobel Laureate Harry Martinson is a journey through space.

Harry Martinson, 1943.
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