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Arthur Eddington
Arthur Eddington

We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about "and".

December 28

1929 - Maarten Schmidt's Birthday, whose 1963 discovery revolutionized quasar observations. He was the 1992 Bruce Medalist. Asteroid 10430 Martschmidt was named in his honor.

- Birthday, Arthur Stanley Eddington, a British theoretical astrophysicist who was instrumental in showing why stars are the way they are. He also gave the name "expanding universe" to the mutual recession of the galaxies. He died at 61 years on 22 November 1944.

We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown. We have devised profound theories, one after another, to account for its origins. At last, we have succeeded in reconstructing the creature that made the footprint. And lo! It is our own.

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