I always thought it was 42… Turns out it’s 137!

Guest “forty-two”  “one-thirty-seven” by David Middleton For those unfamiliar with Douglas Adams, this won’t help… Why the number 137 is one of the greatest mysteries in physics Famous physicists like Richard Feynman think 137 holds the answers to the Universe. PAUL RATNER 31 October, 2018 The fine structure constant has mystified scientists since the 1800s. The number 1/137 might hold the…

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A view of science worth reflecting upon

After watching the movie “The Challenger Disaster” on the Discovery channel tonight, I thought it would be good for WUWT readers to read Feynman’s famous address. At the end, there is a quote from Feynman, which appeared at the end of his Challenger appendix report. – Anthony Cargo Cult Science From a Caltech commencement address…

A question for Oreskes – But what do we mean by consensus?

Guest essay by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley Politicians pay for science, but scientists should not be politicians. Consensus is a political concept. Unwisely deployed, it can be damagingly anti-scientific. A reply to Naomi Oreskes (Nature, 4 September 2013). Subject terms: Philosophy of science, consensus, climate change The celebrated mathematician, astronomer and philosopher of science Abu…