Inflation, BICEP2, and the Primordial B

On Twitter I retweeted a link that shows Assistant Professor Chao-Lin Kuo surprising Professor Andrei Linde with evidence that supports cosmic inflation theory. He needed to sit down after hearing the news. This recent scientific discovery has made finding evidence of the Higgs boson seem like a pile of puke! (I know that doesn’t make sense.) You may be hearing about giddy astrophysicists mentioning that this is a guaranteed Nobel Prize if it later gets corroborated by independent observations. So what exactly did they find and why is it such a big deal? As with the evidence regarding the Higgs, this is another example of how science works and how speculation means nothing without hard evidence. (more…)

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Uncertainty and The Simple-Minded
Photo Credit: Mathieu Bertrand Struck

Uncertainty and The Simple-Minded

Photo Credit: Mathieu Bertrand Struck
Photo Credit: Mathieu Bertrand Struck

I’ve written in a previous post that reality keeps us from being 100% certain of any “truth”. This is why we have science and its flaming laser sword of falsifiability. But why is this such a tricky concept for humans to grasp? And what about uncertainty? Is there room for uncertainty in science? Sure! Science is very comfortable with uncertainty! (more…)

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