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A scientific valentine

Betelgeuse is red
Rigel is blue
Aldebaran knows
I’m Sirius about you

The constellation Orion, with Rigel, Betelgeuse, and Mintaka labeled.

Betelgeuse is red and Rigel is blue. [Credit: Mouser, with annotations by moi]

Science is often unfairly characterized as cold and inhuman. Certainly as with any intellectual endeavor some emotional detachment may be necessary, but scientists are frequently passionate about their work. The best scientists channel their love into their work, and share that love with others.

I hope in this blog, I’ve conveyed at least some of my own feelings about our beautiful, frustrating, marvelous, complicated Universe. And for those feeling lonely or otherwise unhappy about Valentine’s Day (an absurd holiday, to be truthful), here’s my version of a classic xkcd comic:

\sqrt{\heartsuit} = ?
\cos(\heartsuit) = ?
\frac{d}{dx}\heartsuit = ?
\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 \end{bmatrix} \heartsuit = ?
F\{\heartsuit\} = \frac{1}{2\pi} \int f(t) e^{i t \heartsuit} dt = ?

“My normal approach is useless here….”

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