Science past and present

  1. quasar 3C 273

    Top 10 cosmological discoveries

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  10. Quantum Physics

    Tom’s Top 10 interpretations of quantum mechanics

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

  11. Murray Gell-Mann

    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.

  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.