Pare Oy Dolia

Pare Oy Dolia

Pare Oy Dolia

Bad Astronomy
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May 29 2005 9:15 PM

Pare Oy Dolia

What with all the sightings of Mary and Jesus -- and my debunking of them -- I thought my Bad Readers would be amused to see this image which I spotted in the latest issue of the magazine Physics Today:

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The pattern arises from the way light interacts with atoms in a crystal, and it's called a Brillouin pattern. I'm showing the image to you here because of the specific pattern in it. You want a conspiracy, a miracle? I'll ask you: Where is cutting-edge work being done on Brillouin patterns? Why, The Technion, an institute in Israel!

I'll see your Underpass Mary, and raise you an Abe Vigoda (who is Jewish, by the way)!

P.S. The title of this entry comes from the word pareidolia.