Astronomically Speaking: A column from Ages Past

Back in 1999-2000, when I was a PhD student in Toronto, Canada, I co-wrote a monthly column for the York University Gazette with my supervisor. Astronomically Speaking was, in theory, about whatever interesting astrophysics topic we thought would be of general interest to the university community. In reality it was about anything that amused us at the time.

They were great fun to write. I unearthed the original articles on an old hard drive recently and managed to extract them from an arcane early Microsoft Word format that required some serious text editor wrangling. So I thought I'd dust them off here.

Some of the references are quite out of date, as is a lot of the science — it's amazing how far we've come in two decades.

 The author, his PhD supervisor, and a late-90s-era Mac-based cluster supercomputer used for particle physics simulations. My phone now has more memory and raw processor power.

The author, his PhD supervisor, and a late-90s-era Mac-based cluster supercomputer used for particle physics simulations. My phone now has more memory and raw processor power.