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Beautiful series by the artist Heide Nord at Galerie Florent Tosin on the discovery of pulsars. In 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish discovered strange, regular radio emissions emanating from certain points in space. Having ruled out all other sources for the emissions, and being forced to consider several unlikely origins, including extraterrestrial life, Bell Burnell and Hewish eventual identified the signals as arising from a radio pulsar, a rotating, highly magnetized neutron star. Hewish won the 1974 Nobel prize for the discovery, though Bell Burnell—who was instrumental in combing through the 96-feet-long reams of data to identify the quarter-inch anomaly of the pulsar—did not share the prize. The perceived sexism behind this snub elicited much controversy at the time and served to highlight the ongoing prejudice against women in science. Bell Burnell never expressed any bitterness about the Nobel committee’s decision—she remains a gracious, wise, curious, spiritual scientist. Her life and work is a testament to the act of forgiveness and to remaining open to a world that is both beautiful and unfair. Here’s a brilliant excerpt from the Beautiful Mind documentary about how not winning the prize changed her life for the better.

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