After looking through some old notes, I came across an idea that, thinking back, was an obsession of mine in high school. In my final year before going to college, I was interested in clockwise and counterclockwise flows and their “sums”. I was particularly interested in adding flows and seeing…
An eternity in a moment affords the chance to observe
the fleeting things
with the careful eye of a gazer.
A cloud, in nature’s wondrous way,
is a temple of an instant
which levitates and pulses, disassembles, and in fine felt-threads of vapor
stitches together the foam of roaring time.
They become forms which the human mind,
may see but once, and nevermore.
From my memories of studying mathematics in middle school and then high school, it was never entirely evident to me that mathematics was the study of objects. This realignment of my perception of mathematics took place only much later, when in the gradual process of traveling outwards and onwards I…
Two nights ago I was up later than usual, and so I was especially exhausted as I stumbled into bed. I was ready to fall asleep, but even without my glasses I could see a smudge of light through my window. Intrigued, I put on my glasses and saw not…
This image, taken by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) Mission, reveals the vast gulf between the Earth and the Moon. It is also the furthest humanity has ever gone. In one image, taken 3.2 million miles away, we can see our greatest leap.
This is the deep power of space photography!
Last year, following a reading of Oedipus Rex and Antigone (both by the Athenian playwright Sophocles), my English teacher assigned a writing assignment linking what we read in both plays. We were allowed to discuss any theme we wished. I studied Sophocles’ interpretation of society through an organismic/anatomical perspective. Oedipus…
Today for dinner my father and I prepared tahini. Because we made it from scratch we used sesame seeds, which we roasted, and ground together with a blender. We then added lemon and garlic to create the paste. Because a single sesame seed looks quite simple and insignificant, especially when…
A few nights ago I noticed that Jupiter was once more visible from my window. This is after many months of silence and to see its bright spot on the horizon was an immediate excitement. The moon was also nearby, with its disk growing larger each night. On that night I pointed my telescope at Jupiter and saw its Galilean moons once again: Europa, Io, Callisto, and Ganymede. The first three were bunched together on the right of Jupiter (from Earth’s perspective) and were not easily differentiated from Jupiter’s glare. Ganymede was visible, however, and I managed to take a photo of the system which was clear enough to isolate the large moon’s grey-white surface:
I was amazed at how the moon’s surface colors were visible. I wonder how much clearer this image would be outside of the city!