The Brilliance of Scientific Assumption (Synopsis)

If you’ve ever heard someone dismiss evolution, the Big Bang or climate change as “just a theory” and wanted to pull your hair out, you’re not alone. In science, after all, theories are the most powerful ideas we have to explain the mechanism behind the most intricate observable phenomena in the Universe.

Mercury’s orbit shifts over time due to a deviation from Newtonian gravity. Credit: Wikimedia.
Mercury’s orbit shifts over time due to a deviation from Newtonian gravity.
Credit: Wikimedia.

But it’s where our theories fail, or at the fringes, where observations-or-experiments might disagree with the best theoretical predictions, that progress is made. This tantalizing border between the known-and-understood and the next undiscovered frontier are something we only cross by challenging our most cherished assumptions.

The first detection of a neutrino. Charged particles show as trails in a bubble chamber. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory.
The first detection of a neutrino. Charged particles show as trails in a bubble chamber.
Credit: Argonne National Laboratory.

Come find out how far we’ve come and where we’re looking next, courtesy of Brian Koberlein!