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Science past and present

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    Cosmology

    Top 10 cosmological discoveries

    The cosmic microwave background radiation has played a part in many of cosmology’s greatest discoveries.

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  2. Cosmology

    Inflation rides gravity waves into cosmological history

    The discovery of gravity waves in the cosmic microwave radiation signals the success of inflationary cosmology.

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    Science & Society

    Top 10 scientists of the 13th century

    Modern science began to emerge in Western Europe centuries before the Scientific Revolution, thanks to a few scholars who were ahead of their time.

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  4. Science & Society

    Medieval cosmology meets modern mathematics

    Applying modern math to Robert Grosseteste’s theory of the heavenly spheres reveals a medieval idea’s similarity to modern cosmology.

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  5. Physics

    Key to free will may be stripping reality naked

    If reality emerges from an unseen foundation, human free will could influence the future.

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  6. Quantum Physics

    Finding a quantum way to make free will possible

    Maybe quantum influences from the Big Bang make humans unpredictable, permitting the possibility of free will.

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  7. Quantum Physics

    Einstein was wrong about spooky quantum entanglement

    Einstein’s biggest blunder wasn’t about vacuum energy in space, but in confusing people about quantum entanglement.

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  8. Math

    There’s something suspicious about using statistics to test statistics

    The use of statistics to validate medical studies suffers from flaws of faulty assumptions.

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  9. Math

    To make science better, watch out for statistical flaws

    Study denying that most medical research papers are wrong may turn out to be wrong.

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  10. Quantum Physics

    Tom’s Top 10 interpretations of quantum mechanics

    Quantum mechanics has given birth to dozens of interpretations, which themselves need interpretations.

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  11. Murray Gell-Mann
    Physics

    Quarks celebrate their 50th anniversary

    In a 1997 interview with Context blogger Tom Siegfried, Murray Gell-Mann discussed the origin of the idea for the subatomic particles that he named quarks.

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  12. Quantum Physics

    Gell-Mann, Hartle spin a quantum narrative about reality

    The “consistent histories” approach to quantum physics removes any role for people in creating “quasiclassical” reality.

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