Weekend Diversion: Running Through the Universe

“You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.” –Steve Prefontaine But there are lots of amazing ways to propel yourself forward, indeed. Listen to one of the greatest musical groups of our times, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, as they perform Victor Wooten‘s song, Sex In A Pan,off their album UFO Tofu. … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Running Through the Universe

Celebrate This Winter Solstice Like No Other!

“The moon is eclipsed through the interposition of the earth… Anaxagoras was the first to set out distinctly the facts about eclipses and illuminations.” –Euripides, in Hippolytus, 431 B.C. As we all know, the Earth revolves around the Sun while it rotates on its axis. The rotation causes day-and-night every 24 hours, while the revolution … Read moreCelebrate This Winter Solstice Like No Other!

What is Science? What is Hype?

“The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.” –Stephen Jay Gould Tuesday, I talked about an alternative theory to cosmic inflation. Whereas cosmic inflation gives you a uniform, flat Universe, that’s the … Read moreWhat is Science? What is Hype?

Roger Penrose’s New Idea: The Story and The Verdict

“Nullius in Verba. (Take nobody’s word for it.)” –Motto of the Royal Society You know the drill. New ideas come out all the time. Sometimes they’re new theories, sometimes they’re old theories with a new twist, but regardless, we need to ask the question: How good is your theory? For whatever it’s worth, I came … Read moreRoger Penrose’s New Idea: The Story and The Verdict