Saturday, April 2, 2016

in the beginning was the plasma

Aurora / © Tom Eklund


... And if the night sky on which we observe the planets is at a high latitude, outside this lecture hall - perhaps over a small island in the archipelago of Stockholm - we may also see in the sky an aurora, which is a cosmic plasma, reminding us of the time when our world was born out of plasma. Because in the beginning was the plasma.

Hannes Alfvén (30 May 1908 - 2 April 1995), Nobel Prize in Physics 1970
from his Nobel Lecture

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