"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Crab Nebula Confounds Physicist's Cherished Models

Since astrophysicists admit that "There must be processes behind this that are as yet unknown," how can any of their big bang models and "grand" unification theories be taken for anything other than mere mathematical figments?



In a different light: The illustration shows the Crab Nebula as seen through an optical telescope (left) and an X-ray telescope (middle), with a graphic representation of the pulsars magnetic field (right). The light curve (bottom) shows the regular emission of gamma rays at intervals of 0.0337 seconds, or two pulses per rotation. For clarity two periods are shown. Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester, A. Loll, CXC, SAO, F. Seward et al., MAGIC Collaboration

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