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❝Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe
is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper
obituaries do not mention her greatest
discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton
discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that
Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to
the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most
abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how
we know.❞ — Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition
Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via
OH WAIT LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE
• Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.
• Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a
degree because she was a woman, so she said to heck with that and moved
to the United States to work at Harvard.
• Cecilia Payne was the
first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College,
with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever
written in astronomy.”
• Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what
the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of
(Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for
discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s,
but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne — after
telling her not to publish).
• Cecilia Payne is the reason we
know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as
seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable
stars is based on her work.
• Cecilia Payne was the first woman
to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often
credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard
science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire
generations of women to take up science.
• Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
(OP: Matthew Gardner)
The “bell” rang for me at 5AM this morning, meaning that the missus felt that The Mighty Dachshund needed to go out. Usually it’s because the pooch has told her so, but not always. Once in a while she just stands in the grass looking at me as if to say, “Why did you make me come out here?” This morning, she made a moderate drain, so I suspect that she was bored and just wanted to go outside. So what if it involved waking me up? That’s what I’m there for, servant that I am.
I always “case the joint” before stepping out and my flashlight beam showed the young doe and her fawns bedded about 60 feet away, just beyond the back corner of the back deck. As we went out the door, I was greeted with the sound of a cricket choir around the lawn and a barred owl in the hollow. We returned and took our porch-sitting positions with the doe and fawns still in place. It was quiet--not much noise from the distant four-lane and no traffic on the county road. Every once in a while I could hear the leaves of the trees rustle a little. The temperature has been comfortable at night lately, even though the days are still hot for this time of year. Still no rain, though the weatherman keeps threatening it. The moonlight was pretty.
After a half-hour, the missus came and told me that we needed to come in so she could get back to sleep, as she can’t sleep for fear of the boogeyman getting us as long as we’re outside. As I went in the door, I flashed the light toward the back of the house and saw the doe and her youngun’s hadn’t moved a bit. Guess they’re enjoying the moonlight as they chew their cud. Copyright 9/17/2019