Truth, Light, and Statistics

Today, an article I wrote called “Truth, Light, and Statistics” got published as an online extra for The Recompiler, a local feminist hacker magazine edited by my friend Audrey.

I’m thrilled about finally getting it edited and published. I put a lot of care into it, the same way I’ve put a lot of care into improving my astrophotography over the years. The sense of the article is to contrast reality versus perception, signal versus noise—to show how photo-manipulation can sometimes paradoxically get us a little closer to the truth rather than take us farther away.

The best part about image stacking is how the very randomness of the sky’s turbulence provides the key to seeing through its own distortions, kind of like a mathematical judo. Read through if you want to find out how.