My work:
I have written a number of WWW documents on various topics, mostly having to do with astronomy. Brief descriptions of each can be found on my index page.
This "home page" has been copied around the Net quite a bit. Sometimes the copies get out of date. Here's a link to the master copy.

Use of my materials:
Most of what I have made available is free for anyone to use for their own purposes. For more details, please see my copyright notice.

I would like to hear from you, especially if you have discovered a mistake in one of my pages. To send me email just click here or if that doesn't work for you try this mail form.

My pages have elicited a lot of nice comments and "awards". I've collected them together in a sort of virtual trophy case.

You won't find anything even remotely indecent or objectionable in any of my pages (I've even been blessed by one of the WWW rating services). Nevertheless, I feel that the recent legislation passed by the US Congress which imposes severe penalties for posting some kinds of material on the Net is seriously flawed. Further information on this topic is available from EFF and VTW. Senator Leahy (D-Vt) has introduced a bill (S. 1567) to repeal that legislation. I urge you to read and consider these carefully and remember Thomas Jefferson's words:
"A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither."

About me
By training and profession, I'm a software engineer. But I've tried over the years to learn a little about a lot of things. I sometimes envy the great men of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment who had a very real possibility of learning a large fraction of all human knowledge. But then I think of all we have achieved since then and I know I have the better deal.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Astronomy, the History and Philosophy of Science, Classical Music, the Internet, and all things Macintosh.

Favorite quotes:
"I know that I am mortal and the creature of a day; but when I search out the massed wheeling circles of the stars, my feet no longer touch the earth, but, side by side with Zeus himself, I take my fill of ambrosia, the food of the gods." -- Claudius Ptolemaeus (Ptolemy)

"The meek shall inherit the Earth, the rest of us will go to the stars."

"Never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by ignorance."

"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers." -- James Thurber

"Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself." -- Richard Feynman

"Faith is believing what you know ain't so." -- Mark Twain

"If we die, do not mourn for us. This is a risky business we're in, and we accept those risks. The space program is too valuable to this country to be halted for too long if a disaster should ever happen." -- Gus Grissom, three weeks before he was killed in the Apollo 1 fire.

Contacting me
(Please read my copyright notice before asking permission to use my material.)
Snail mail:
William A. Arnett
1185-F Minnesota Avenue
San Jose, California
95125 USA
+1 408 947 8721 (please try email first)
A final thought
Three Ships
Some say the world will end in fire,
some say ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.

- Robert Frost

Last updated: 1996 October 18