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Tom Siegfried

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Tom Siegfried, former editor in chief of Science News, writes the Context blog at www.sciencenews.org. In addition to Science News, his work has appeared in Science, Nature, Astronomy, New Scientist and Smithsonian. Previously he was the science editor of The Dallas Morning News. He is the author of three books: The Bit and the Pendulum, (Wiley, 2000); Strange Matters (National Academy of Sciences’ Joseph Henry Press, 2002); and A Beautiful Math (2006, Joseph Henry Press).

Tom was born in Lakewood, Ohio, and grew up in nearby Avon. He earned an undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University with majors in journalism, chemistry and history, and has a master of arts with a major in journalism and a minor in physics from the University of Texas at Austin.

His awards include the American Geophysical Union's Robert C. Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism, the Science-in Society award from the National Association of Science Writers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science-Westinghouse Award, and the American Chemical Society’s James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. He is currently on the board of directors and serves as treasurer for the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

Tom Siegfried's Articles

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    50 years later, it’s hard to say who named black holes

    In 1964, Science News Letter was the first publication to print the term black hole, but nobody is really sure who used the term first.

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    Cosmic inflation has its flaws, but so do its critics

    Philosophical predispositions color efforts to debunk a popular theory about the evolution of the universe.

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    Rise of Big Data underscores need for theory

    Big Data can help scientists cope with complex systems, but only with an appreciation of its limits and recognition of the need for theoretical modeling.

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    Why Big Data is bad for science

    Big Data is supposed to be a scientific bonanza, but it challenges the capabilities of computer science, statistical tests and perhaps calls for revamping the scientific method itself.

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    For proposals that challenge paradigms, peruse arXiv.org

    The online physics archive offers crazy ideas to confront cosmological challenges.

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    Top 10 revolutionary scientific theories

    Quantum theory, game theory and evolution all make the list of history’s paradigm-busting revolutionary scientific theories.

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    Replacing paradigms requires open minds

    Cosmological crises require creativity, but science enforces conformity.

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    Scientists who claim ‘hot hand’ is a myth have never had one

    The “hot hand” in basketball is more than a lucky streak or defiance of statistical chance.

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    Top 10 scientific supers

    From supersonic to supernova, superego and supersymmetry, a roundup of science’s super superlatives.

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    Higgs mass isn't natural, but maybe it shouldn't be

    Famous particle’s perplexing properties suggest physicists should change their expectations.

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