The poet that solved a scientific paradox

Why is the sky black at night?

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Olbers’ paradox ByKmarinas86 — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Olber%27s_Paradox_-_All_Points.gif, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2949765

Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe, daguerreotype 1849, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9434913

“La première fois que j’ai ouvert un livre de lui, j’ai vu, avec épouvante et ravissement, non seulement les sujets rêves par moi, mais des phrases, pensées par moi, et écrites par lui, vingt ans auparavant.”

The first time I opened a book he had written, I saw with equal measures of horror and fascination, not just the things that I had dreamed of, but actual phrases that I had designed and that he had penned twenty years earlier.”

“Were the succession of stars endless, then the background of the sky would present us a uniform luminosity, like that displayed by the Galaxy — since there could be absolutely no point, in all that background, at which would not exist a star. The only mode, therefore, in which, under such a state of affairs, we could comprehend the voids which our telescopes find in innumerable directions, would be by supposing the distance of the invisible background so immense that no ray from it has yet been able to reach us at all”.

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Photo: Thomas Arctaedius

Professor in entrepreneurship, PhD in Nuclear Physics. Entrepreneur and researcher. From Stockholm Sweden

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