Today, 79 years ago, a man with a spectacular sense of wonder was born. Through his lifetime, he explained how the world works, encouraged people to learn new things, and to grasp the Universe as it really is. Other than being an astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences, he was simply a passionately curious human being.
I am often asked what got me so interested in science. It started when I got to know how enormous the Universe is. When I got to know that there are ungraspably lot of galaxies, each of which are composed of gas and dust and billions upon billions of stars. And that every star of these may be a sun to someone. Yet here, in some forgotten part of our ordinary home galaxy, on a tiny speck of rock and metal, life evolved. And all that I got to know thanks to this same man.
Happy birthday, Carl (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996)