"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 the fine (?) tradition of headlines like this, the answer is “no”: Einstein was not superhuman. However, no single figure is more associated with the word “genius” in popular culture, and there’s no denying he contributed a great deal to 20th century physics. Therein lies the paradox of dealing with Einstein: as with Richard […]
A while back, a few other science writers and I were chatting idly on Twitter about how common Higgs bosons might be in the cosmos. Not because they stick around very long — their lifetime is incredibly short — but because there are a lot of high-energy collisions near black holes, in supernova remnants, and […]
Sometimes to get the best map of Mars, you need to take your photos at night. Admittedly, those photos are infrared, and the map isn’t your typical planetary atlas. Instead, researchers assembled more than 20,000 photos taken from orbit during the Martian night to find out how different parts of the planet surface retain heat […]
Light is only one way to see the Universe, but it’s the easiest. However, particle astrophysics — using particles like neutrinos or protons — can provide complementary information on some interesting objects in deep space…if we can only figure out where they’re coming from. That’s especially true for the highest-energy cosmic rays, which are protons […]
[Updated] Very few heroes can survive scrutiny unscathed. They all have flaws, by virtue of being human. However, hero-worship blurs those flaws, leveling them: truly nasty aspects of a person’s personality or behavior become on par with little quirks and eccentricities. In that way, we justify our worship. If everyone is a little flawed, then […]
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