Science’s Greatest Lesson For Humanity Is ‘How To Be Wrong’

“Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.” -Augustine of Hippo Science isn’t the easiest endeavor you can undertake. Sure, the rewards are tremendous: you can wind up understanding any phenomenon in the Universe as well (or better) than any human has ever understood … Read moreScience’s Greatest Lesson For Humanity Is ‘How To Be Wrong’

Successfully predicting the future requires theoretical science (Synopsis)

“The physicist is like someone who’s watching people playing chess and, after watching a few games, he may have worked out what the moves in the game are. But understanding the rules is just a trivial preliminary on the long route from being a novice to being a grand master. So even if we understand … Read moreSuccessfully predicting the future requires theoretical science (Synopsis)

Why understanding scale is vital, not just for science, but for everyone (Synopsis)

“I go to the Natural History Museum and look at the cage of stuffed starlings there. But my favourite thing is the big blue whale. The scale of it is unbelievable, and makes you feel how insignificant you are as a human being.” -Arthur Darvill How good is your sense of scale? Humans are notoriously … Read moreWhy understanding scale is vital, not just for science, but for everyone (Synopsis)

No, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Squashing Curiosity And Wonder Is Never Okay (Synopsis)

“Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.” -Neil deGrasse Tyson Last week, millions of people across the United States got to experience the awe and wonder of a total solar eclipse, many for the very first time. But in a puzzling event, astrophysicist and one … Read moreNo, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Squashing Curiosity And Wonder Is Never Okay (Synopsis)

America’s Previous Coast-To-Coast Eclipse Almost Proved Einstein Right (Synopsis)

“Astronomers are greatly disappointed when, having traveled halfway around the world to see an eclipse, clouds prevent a sight of it; and yet a sense of relief accompanies the disappointment.” –Simon Newcomb On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will travel coast-to-coast across the United States, bringing darkness during the day to portions of 14 … Read moreAmerica’s Previous Coast-To-Coast Eclipse Almost Proved Einstein Right (Synopsis)

The sights, safety, and science of the great american eclipse (Synopsis)

“…and the Sun has perished out of heaven, and an evil mist hovers over all.” -Homer’s Odyssey The great american eclipse is coming, and you’re in luck! This astronomical sight is unlike anything else that occurs on Earth (or any rocky planet in the Solar System), and there are three incredible stories that it teaches … Read moreThe sights, safety, and science of the great american eclipse (Synopsis)

Humanity needs science to survive and thrive (Synopsis)

“Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson The enterprise of science is one of the most misunderstood in all of society. Some view it as its own religion; others view it as a political ideology gussied up in smart-sounding clothes; still others view it … Read moreHumanity needs science to survive and thrive (Synopsis)

Trump’s NASA Budget Eliminates Education Office, Plunging America Into The Dark (Synopsis)

“First Rate People hire first rate people. Second rate people hire third rate people.” -Hermann Weyl So, here we are, encountering one another on the internet. There’s a really good chance that this is because you have some interest in space, science, astronomy, astrophysics, or some related area. Although I am an astrophysicist with a … Read moreTrump’s NASA Budget Eliminates Education Office, Plunging America Into The Dark (Synopsis)

How To Prove Einstein’s Relativity For Less Than $100 (Synopsis)

“The experiments that we will do with the LHC [Large Hadron Collider] have been done billions of times by cosmic rays hitting the earth. … They’re being done continuously by cosmic rays hitting our astronomical bodies, like the moon, the sun, like Jupiter and so on and so forth. And the earth’s still here, the … Read moreHow To Prove Einstein’s Relativity For Less Than $100 (Synopsis)

We’ve lost sight of the most important rule in debating science (Synopsis)

“You must remember, my dear lady, the most important rule of any successful illusion: First, the people must want to believe in it.” -Libba Bray There are many times throughout history that science — and scientists — have gotten it wrong. And there are many topics today that are quite polarized, from the Big Bang … Read moreWe’ve lost sight of the most important rule in debating science (Synopsis)