Ultraviolet Catastrophe

While we discussed in class the importance of blackbody spectra continuous spectra, there is an important historical footnote in understanding where the famous blackbody curve arises from. Physics in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s predicted the wavelength-intensity relationship to be I α 1/λ^4, using a derivation based on classical statistical mechanics. This relationship closelyContinue reading “Ultraviolet Catastrophe”

Speed of light and distance

It is a nearly universal maxim of science fiction that faster than light (FTL) travel must exist. Let us take a look at why this is universally necessary for the sake of a good story by comparing the size and scope of both our real universe and a few fictional universes to how long traversalContinue reading “Speed of light and distance”

In the Beginning

This is a test blog to ensure the capabilities are functioning correctly. My name is Erich (I’m named for my dad, Richard: as I’m the oldest child I’m the “heir of Rick”). Here’s a photo of me. Here’s a link to my favorite blog post about astronomy, from Wait But Why: https://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/fermi-paradox.html . I’ll postContinue reading “In the Beginning”

Create your website at WordPress.com
Get started