Microcosm: when science and the public meet

Science is a process by which reliable information is obtained by repeated use and assessment. In science, all claims are up for revision; however, absent better information when there is enough reliable information to make a decision it is usually considered wise to do so, even if future revisions (which one cannot predict) might cause… Continue reading Microcosm: when science and the public meet

Moments in Time: Consider the Big Dipper

The Big Dipper played a small but important role in how I became a physicist. Here we see it as it looked from Berlin (Germany) in June 2011. From Ref. 2.

When I think back to my youth, I recognize a series of key moments that happened that led to my becoming a physicist. I often speak of one of those moments when I discuss physics with students or the general public. My father once recorded a documentary about physics entitled “The Creation of the Universe,”… Continue reading Moments in Time: Consider the Big Dipper