| Jun 21, 2010
| 8:11 PM
Vladimir Arnold, a Russian mathematician who pioneered work on the arcane field known as catastrophe theory and whose work on the KAM theory led to a better understanding of the motion of planets in the solar system and a host of other applications,...
| Jan 31, 2010
Astrophysicist Geoffrey Burbidge, who with his wife and two other colleagues determined how elements are synthesized in the nuclear reactors of stars, died Tuesday at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla after a long illness. He was 84.
| Feb 18, 2010
| 6:48 PM
Bill Gordon, who designed a massive radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, arranged funding, shepherded it through construction and was its first director, died Tuesday of natural causes in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 92.
Non-astronomers might not be...
| Jul 11, 2010
When is an apple more than an apple? When it's resting in Eve's palm – or better yet, in the hands of the storyteller(s) of Genesis.
The same happens to other objects touched by myth: Fire, for instance, has Genesis-sized significance in the...
| Jul 30, 2010
Astronomer Leonard Searle, a former director of the Carnegie Observatories whose observations provided crucial information in determining the conditions of the Big Bang that created the universe and helped explain how heavy elements are produced in stars,...
| Feb 21, 2008
Southern Californians may be able to catch sight of tonight's lunar eclipse between rain clouds that will sprinkle up to half an inch of rain across the Southland, forecasters said today.
Most of the country is projected to have cloud-filled skies...
| Dec 1, 2008
FOR THE RECORD:
Salpeter obituary: The obituary of astrophysicist Edwin E. Salpeter in Monday's California section said that the "Salpeter-Bethe equation" showed how helium changes to carbon. In fact, that equation by Salpeter and...
| Dec 14, 2008
in the White House
Random House: 488 pp., $30
This engaging new book about Andrew Jackson, our first up-from-nowhere president, takes its place on a crowded shelf in the library of national leadership. Jackson...
| Jan 14, 2009
| 4:29 PM
The newly anointed Cultural Capitals of Europe for 2009 are Linz, Austria, and Vilnius, Lithuania, both a bit off the continent's prime tourist paths.
Separated by the Czech Republic and Poland, these central and northern European cities are near...
| Nov 19, 2009
| 4:32 PM
The starry sky is regular subject, spiritual circumstance or actual setting of Philip Glassâ work. His latest opera, âKepler,â given its American premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Wednesday night, is about the German astronomer who...
| Feb 8, 2009
The revolution was not his alone. The idea was actually an ancient one, and other scientists had embraced it along the way. But it took Galileo and the telescope he built to prove the truth to the masses: Earth is not the center of the universe.