Phil Corbluth

Philosopher. Writer. Artist. GeekDad. Joyful Benefactor.

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Phil Corbluth’s GitHub Page Online

Phil Corbluth’s new GitHub page is now online and contains repositories of coding projects currently being worked on.

GeekDad: The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings

The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings are fifteen wonderful illustrations by the French astronomer and artist Étienne Léopold Trouvelot

GeekDad: The Conceptual Art of Jakub Rozalski

I recently discovered the amazing artwork of Jakub Rozalski, an illustrator from Poland.

GeekDad: Visions of the Future

NASA / JPL have commissioned an amazing set of posters to commemorate the achievements of NASA’s Voyager mission and the possibilities of space exploration. “NASA’s Voyager mission took advantage of a once-every-175-year alignment of the outer planets for a grand… Continue Reading →

GeekDad: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger

One Hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of Gravitational Waves, the announcement that they had been discovered finally came. The two detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)  simultaneously observed a transient gravitational-wave signal last year on September 14th. From the Introduction in the Physical Review Letters paper:
"In 1916, the year after the final formulation of the field equations of general relativity, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves. He found that the linearized weak-field equations had wave solutions: transverse waves of spatial strain that travel at the speed of light, generated by time variations of the mass quadrupole moment of the source. Einstein understood that gravitational-wave amplitudes would be remarkably small; moreover, until the Chapel Hill conference in 1957 there was significant debate about the physical reality of gravitational waves."
 
From the Conclusion:
 
"The LIGO detectors have observed gravitational waves from the merger of two stellar-mass black holes. The detected waveform matches the predictions of general relativity for the inspiral and merger of a pair of black holes and the ringdown of the resulting single black hole. These observations demonstrate the existence of binary stellar-mass black hole systems. This is the first direct detection of gravitational waves and the first observation of a binary black hole merger."
 
The complete paper can be read here:
 
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Image: LIGO

One Hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of Gravitational Waves, the announcement that they had been discovered finally came. The two detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)  simultaneously observed a transient gravitational-wave signal last year on… Continue Reading →

GeekDad: Kodak to Bring Back the Super 8 Camera

Kodak in collaboration with Swiss designer Yves Béhar, are about to re-introduce the Super 8 camera to the world. The Super 8 motion picture film format was released in 1965 by Eastman Kodak and was an instant hit, being portable with easy to… Continue Reading →

GeekDad: It Was J.J.Abrams Destiny to Make Star Wars

A few years ago J.J.Abrams gave a wonderful talk at TED about mystery boxes and how these drive his creativity.  There’s a spooky moment when he talks about Star Wars. Here’s the whole video – it’s worth a look…

GeekDad: Finnish Illustrator Vesa Lehtimäki’s Lego Star Wars Photos

Take a look at the amazing photography of Finnish illustrator Vesa Lehtimäki - who likes to build and photograph scenes using Star Wars Lego. - Your Joyful Benefactor Image: Vesa Lehtimäki

Take a look at the amazing photography of Finnish illustrator Vesa Lehtimäki – who likes to build and photograph scenes using Star Wars Lego. – Your Joyful Benefactor Image: Vesa Lehtimäki

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