Telescope (2016): Documentary on the James Webb Space Telescope

For the past 400 years, telescopes have transformed our knowledge of the universe. Each era sees deeper and further than the one before it. We are on the verge of answering some of the most haunting questions. Are we alone in the universe? Are there other Earth-like planets out there? IN THE BEGINNING: Since the …

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Ode to a Dreamer of Dreams

Dear Dr. Sacks, Like the late Carl Sagan, you have a gentle way of magnifying everything into brilliant resolution and reminding us of our place in the universe. I always look forward to reading your books and opinion pieces, as you put which things matter into perspective. Last month, I was quite delighted to read …

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Top Ten Favorite Scientists

I was recently asked to make a list of my top ten favorite scientists, and after some deliberation, these are the people I chose: Richard Feynman: While Feynman made outstanding contributions to our understanding of quantum physics and to the Manhattan project, he is perhaps most remembered for his teaching as evidenced by the still-beloved …

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Should Falsifiability Be Put to Rest?

Falsifiability is a beautiful notion in that it allows us to empirically determine the scientific basis for a given theory. In other words, if a theory offers no testable predictions, then that theory has no place in the canon of science. As of late, some scientists have adopted the view that such a criterion is …

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A Wrinkle in Time: Building a Black Hole for Interstellar

Adam Rogers recently wrote a beautiful piece for Wired discussing how astrophysicist Kip Thorne's equations helped to create a scientifically realistic black hole model. Rogers explains, "Thorne sees truth. Nolan, the consummate image maker, sees beauty." His words remind me of the closing lines of John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn": 'Beauty is truth, …

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The Creative Power of Destruction

Today, I ran into a beloved biochemistry professor of mine at the groundbreaking ceremony for UGA's new Science Learning Center. I told him about a book I'm reading called Life Unfolding: How the Human Body Creates Itself by Jamie Davies and about how Chapter 17 began with a quote off a car bumper sticker: "Support bacteria--they're the …

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Through the Looking Glass of Science

  "The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one's eyes." ―George Sand "To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." ―William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence" "If you're …

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