Who knew the Newtonian universe evolves? Poe did.

According to new research from Italy, “Edgar Allan Poe: the first man to conceive a Newtonian evolving Universe.”  That’s OLDWorthy and NEWWorthy at the same time.

Paolo Molaro and Alberto Cappi, both at the INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, Italy, examine Poe’s book “Eureka” for clues that Poe conceived of a Newtonian evolving Universe.  You can find “Eureka” by Poe on Project Gutenberg.

Their paper begins with a quote from Poe’s “The Raven” 1845.

“Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood
there, wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever
dared to dream before.”
Poe’s famous words inspired me about ten years ago to write a science fiction short story called “My Life’s a Dream” which examines music’s universal influence.  It can be found in my anthology “Science Fiction: The Arts”.


A day for asteroids

The first observation of Asteroid Day occurred June 30, 2015.  “Asteroid Day” is a global awareness movement where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet, our families, communities, and future generations.”

That sounds like a good idea.  It’s NEWWorthy, so I’ve included a video from an Asteroid Day morning session below.  Y

You might also want to see the NEO (Near Earth Object) Database.  On July 7, 2015 asteroid 2015 HM10 will come within about one lunar distance of Earth.

Thaddeus Kosciuszko NMEM is lonely

The annual park ranking report for 2014 shows that a few National monuments or parks received only about a thousand visitors or less.  All of these locations honor persons or places that are OLDWorthy.  The ones that are so rarely visited are perhaps especially noteworthy, since they most likely deserve more visitation.  Visited or not, old or not, today I’m saying they are NEWWorthy.

Thaddeus Kosciuszko NMEM received 1,475 visitors, while Port Chicago Naval Magazine NM, Rio Grande W&SR,  and Aniakchak NM & PRES had less than 1,000 visitors.   Golden Gate NRA had the most visitors: over 15 million.

 Golden Gate Bridge From Battery Spencer clip art