A View from the Shadows: When Odysseus First Spied Charybdis

We could see the bottom of the whirlpool all black with sand and mud, and the men were at their wit’s ends for fear. Homer, “The Odyssey”, Book XII In our book, “Reality in the Shadows,” Jim Gates, Frank Blitzer and I revisit the first time human set eyes on a black hole. In Chapter… Continue reading A View from the Shadows: When Odysseus First Spied Charybdis

A View from the Shadows: Lighthouse on the Cosmic Shore

I found myself recently standing on the shores of Lake Michigan, reflecting on the connections between these human spaces and the most vast spaces of the cosmic shores.  The lighthouse on Cana Island in Door County, Wisconsin stands on the shores of Lake Michigan. At a height of 87 feet, the tower is host to… Continue reading A View from the Shadows: Lighthouse on the Cosmic Shore

A View from the Shadows: Confessions of a practicing physicist

When I joined the existing co-authors of “Reality in the Shadows” to contribute to the book, I hesitated. It had nothing to do with them. Jim Gates is renowned in my field for his intellectual prowess, considered a founder of key ideas in the theory of supersymmetry. Frank Blitzer is a talented polymath, with expertise… Continue reading A View from the Shadows: Confessions of a practicing physicist

A View from the Shadows: Tune That Dial to Black Hole

In our book, “Reality in the Shadows,” we devote an entire chapter to the phenomenon of the black hole (“A Shadow Where No Light Shines“). We dealt in things that are known – for instance, that black holes exist and that they can be detected using their effects on the surrounding space and matter –… Continue reading A View from the Shadows: Tune That Dial to Black Hole

A View from the Shadows: The New Astronomy

Sometimes, scientific fields move fast. They move so fast, even three authors working with a really responsive and excellent publisher who has fully embraced “print-on-demand” as a business model cannot keep up. Such is the reality of the new astronomy, gravitational wave astronomy. The LIGO, and then the VIRGO, instruments have worked so spectacularly well… Continue reading A View from the Shadows: The New Astronomy

A View from the Shadows: The Truth and Beauty of the Higgs Boson

In our book, “Reality in the Shadows,” Jim Gates, Frank Blitzer, and I take a look at the history of the Higgs particle, see the day the discovery was announced through the eyes of one of the co-authors (me), and explore what the Higgs might be besides being just another important subatomic particle. In some… Continue reading A View from the Shadows: The Truth and Beauty of the Higgs Boson

A View from the Shadows: The Allegory of the Cave

Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” could almost, taken at face value, be the plot of a movie in the “Saw” series [1]. Prisoners in a cave, born into chains and forced forever to face a single wall, know nothing of the reality of what lives behind them. A fire somewhere behind the prisoners cast shadows… Continue reading A View from the Shadows: The Allegory of the Cave

A View from the Shadows: Reading List

“Reality in the Shadows” is a book that required years to write. I was the latest addition to the creative team, but it is very much a shared vision between three co-authors each with different perspectives on the subject matter. Jim Gates has a keen mathematical mind and delights in showing an audience that math… Continue reading A View from the Shadows: Reading List