Category Archives: cosmology

Cosmic inflation one more time—well, two

Reader Sergio called this comic to my attention (via  Twi**er: @JenLucPiquant and @phdcomics), which gives a good explanation of the meaning of the recent evidence for cosmic inflation.  Maybe you understand those scientific findings by now, but just in case you didn’t read this, from Jon Kaufman and Jorge Cham at PhD Comics (Kaufman was a […]

BICEP, gravitational waves et al.

Reader Justin sent a link to this animated video by MinutePhysics that tries to explain what the BICEP project really revealed about the Big Bang (I say “tries” because I’m not a physicist). Do note, though, that Official Website Physicist™ Sean Carroll was an advisor on the science, so it must be right!. One thing […]

In less than an hour, scientists will announce their discovery of the Big Bang’s echo

by Matthew Cobb For the last few days, Tw*tter has been abuzz with speculation about a press conference around a ‘major discovery’ that’s being held today at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, at noon US Eastern Standard Time (16:00 GMT/UTC).  There will be a live-stream of the presser from 11:55 am EST/15:55 (as of now, the […]

The new “Cosmos”

Sadly, I cannot provide a review of the new Cosmos television show produced by Ann Druyan and starring Neil deGrasse Tyson, for I didn’t see it. I will probably watch it in rerun when I have time to see it properly.  But I thought I’d provide one review, from Reverend El Mundo, and give readers […]

A good piece about Carl Sagan

With Neil deGrasse Tyson’s presentation of “Cosmos” (produced by Ann Druyan and Seth MacFarlane) set to premiere this Sunday, people are harking back to the original “Cosmos” of Carl Sagan. That original ran for 14 telvision episodes at the end of 1980, and I remember it well. Sagan was mesmerizing, and his excited presentation didn’t […]

Get the popcorn: Sean Carroll goes at it hammer and tongs with William Lane Craig—livestreamed tonight!

I’m sure we’ll all be rooting for Official Website Physicist™ Sean Carroll as he begins his two-day series of debates and discussions with William “Kill the Canaanites” Craig this evening. And you can watch tonight’s debate live (see below). The topic is whether modern cosmology gives any evidence for God, and you can read all […]

Sean Carroll to debate William Lane Craig

Let the sparks fly: Official Website Physicist™ Sean Carroll will debate theologian William Lane Craig at a “Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum in Faith and Culture”. According to the website, these forums are an ongoing program of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and are “designed to provide a venue in which respected scholars of differing opinions dialogue […]

Steven Weinberg discusses the mysteries of physics

A common misconception is that the major problems of physics have mostly been solved, and all that’s left is some minor sweeping-up.  I doubt that the readers here would agree, for huge surprises and mysteries continue to surface in physics. In a new piece in the New York Review of Books, “Physics: What we do […]

Famous physicists appear in film using cosmology to prove God

UPDATE: I’ve heard from Dr. Randall, who objected to my characterization of her as an “atheist.” I apologize for that and add the correction she wishes to make: “. . . I rarely say I’m an atheist–I say I’m a nonbeliever. I actually think it’s a stupid word. (Do we have a word for non-most […]

Today’s Google doodle: an anniversary

Here’s what you get if you go to Google today, but what you will see at the link actually moves, and this is but a screenshot: What is it? To find out, go here. It’s great that the Google folks are science lovers, but what else would you expect? h/t: Veronica

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