Well, actually, what it would see is the condition of this area 13 billion years ago. Unfortunately, Earth wasn’t around at that time, nor was our sun for that matter. There was another star here, the first star, that went supernova and produced all of the elements heavier that iron. Heavier as in larger atomic mass, more protons and neutrons, than iron. There were most likely no planets at that time, either, only colossal hydrogen clouds that condensed into the first stars. So, this star had to burn it’s fuel out, and supernova, seeding the area rich with exotic atoms that never existed before. Then, all this new stuff had to aggregate together again, like the first time. Another cloud collapse would produce another new star, with much less mass, but a thick proto-planetary disk. This solar ring eventually settled into several wells of equilibrium, which we call planets and orbits.
Physics in Perspective seeks to bridge the gulf between physicists and non-physicists through historical and philosophical studies that typically display the unpredictable as well as the cross-disciplinary interplay of observation, experiment, and theory that has occurred over extended periods of time in academic, governmental, and industrial settings and in allied disciplines such as astrophysics, chemical physics, and geophysics. The journal also publishes first-person accounts by physicists of significant contributions they have made, biographical articles, book reviews, and guided tours of historical sites in cities throughout the world. It strives to make all articles understandable to a broad spectrum of readers – scientists, teachers, students, and the public at large.
1 volume per year, 4 issues per volume
approx. 500 pages per vol.
ISSN 1422-6944 (print)
ISSN 1422-6960 (electronic)