"Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know." ~ Jeremy Knowles Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, a truly extraordinary woman.

"Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know."

~ Jeremy Knowles

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, a truly extraordinary woman.

(Source: oneflewovergeorgieboysnest)

  1. maxbutter reblogged this from blackivycarter
  2. blackivycarter reblogged this from whosagentlebutch
  3. jsteelecs reblogged this from fuckingyess
  4. fuckingyess reblogged this from smwagnerr
  5. smwagnerr reblogged this from whosagentlebutch
  6. whosagentlebutch reblogged this from oneflewovergeorgieboysnest
  7. anonymouslyroyalblue reblogged this from skippysawyer
  8. skippysawyer reblogged this from oneflewovergeorgieboysnest
  9. anarchafeminists reblogged this from oneflewovergeorgieboysnest
  10. donairs reblogged this from oneflewovergeorgieboysnest
  11. ssssboyd reblogged this from oneflewovergeorgieboysnest
  12. casperkerrie reblogged this from harrypotter-yougivememywand
  13. ruusunnuppunen reblogged this from elotonelo
  14. erikaori reblogged this from sjsci
  15. sjsci reblogged this from poussseys
  16. teapiratevisions reblogged this from tildedrinkstea
  17. isantbell reblogged this from the-nicest-asshole
  18. ellioop reblogged this from kalopsiawitch
  19. petitcake reblogged this from wellthisisdifferentdamn
  20. kalopsiawitch reblogged this from smittenkittenlovesvintage
  21. smittenkittenlovesvintage reblogged this from tildedrinkstea
  22. tildedrinkstea reblogged this from junkyardbonus
  23. juli-with-a-chance reblogged this from deepchocolateeyes
  24. deepchocolateeyes reblogged this from harrypotter-yougivememywand
  25. elia-ofsunspear reblogged this from backtobrittana
  26. chrishka reblogged this from junkyardbonus
  27. stupidgayknowitall reblogged this from poussseys