- T.B. LaBerge // Things I’m Still Learning at 25 (via tblaberge)
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.
Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.
Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).
Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.
Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
- Donte Collins (via creatingaquietmind)
if you want to understand the psyche of our generation take a good look at the stories we tell ourselves about the future
because it isn’t flying cars or robot dogs, it’s faceless government surveillance and worldwide pandemics and militarized police brutality and the last dregs of humanity struggling to survive
our generation isn’t self-centered, or lazy, or whatever else they wanna say about us. we are young, and we are here, and we are deeply, deeply afraid.
I’ve never been able to solidly define how I deal with relationships whether they be romantic, platonic, or familial. There seem to be too many inconsistencies in the way I respond to situations/events that I find it difficult to say “I’m this way” or “I’m that way”. Not knowing myself very well when it comes to relationships frustrates me so much because I’m so in tune with my other emotional capacities (nervous, scared, disappointed, stressed, joyous, etc). Coming into a new environment, where possibly my biggest challenge is forming new relationships, is quite difficult. I definitely have the beginnings of a great group of friends, but already I’m confused about certain situations/people. I’m so happy here, I know I’m home, and I’m really opening up. However, I miss being able to talk to the group easily, I miss therapy, I miss having a sense of normalcy. The transition from hardly party/shitty guys/boredom to always party/amazing guys/constant excitement is uncomfortable at best. Daunting may be more appropriate. I do recognize that I am an impatient person and, therefore, want to be fully adjusted after only a week. But, things take time.