Season Three of Continuum is on Netflix!
I’m about to sit here with my pizza and beer and watch the shit out it. I’m so excited!
“She was a compulsive pessimist, always looking for the soft brown spot in the fruit, pressing so hard she created it.”
“Don’t let the mixed signals fool you. Indecision is a decision.”
“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 alliterate)
OH WAIT LEMME 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 fuck 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.
always reblog because you know women
“The “what ifs” and “should haves” will eat your brain.”
All I want is a girl who I can tell to get dressed up cause we are going out later then surprise her by taking her to a ballet like "Swan Lake" or something. Is that too much to ask?
I would love to go to the ballet with you!
Seriously one of my favorite things is dressing up and pretending like I’m a functioning, fancy adult.
Oh hello there all of you lovely new people. I have found myself in a wonderful situation where I have randomly received a ton of new followers.
I know most of you are here for pictures of my cat….I know how the Internet works. But if you have any questions please feel free to ask me. I would love to talk with any or all of you.