"Galileo's Pendulum" is a blog covering physics, astronomy, math, and related topics - all for a non-specialist audience. I am especially interested in showing how science actually works, and how the various conceptual pieces fit together to make the theoretical framework that provides the best description of the natural world.
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In physics, it often seems that the theorists — the people thinking up new models and ideas to describe the natural world — get most of the glory. The Einsteins, Newtons, and Hawkings are generally better known than the people who do experiments. As a result, many of the great experimental physicists get overlooked even […]
[What follows is my opinion and mine only. I speak for nobody in the leadership or community of ScienceOnline, so what follows should be taken in that spirit.] One of the hardest things about dealing with sexual harassment in an organization is its invisibility. If leaders harass members or support harassers over those who were […]
No topic in quantum physics has inspired as much confusion, frustration, and experimental creativity than entanglement. Certainly more nonsense has been written and spoken about entanglement than any other concept; even physicists who understand it struggle to explain it to others, and often screw up. And even if you understand it pretty well (as I […]
Do we really need to report every new exoplanet discovery? How significant does an advance in cancer research need to be to merit a news story? Is every paper by a famous scientist newsworthy simply for reasons of that person’s fame? What do we do with contradictory research results, or new studies that These aren’t […]
Betelgeuse is red Rigel is blue Aldebaran knows I’m Sirius about you Science is often unfairly characterized as cold and inhuman. Certainly as with any intellectual endeavor some emotional detachment may be necessary, but scientists are frequently passionate about their work. The best scientists channel their love into their work, and share that love with […]
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