New PDF release: 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing

By Michael Brooks

ISBN-10: 1847651305

ISBN-13: 9781847651303

ISBN-10: 186197647X

ISBN-13: 9781861976475

Technological know-how starts off to get attention-grabbing whilst issues dont make feel. Michael Brooks finds 13 anomalies that defy the medical concept of at the present time and forecast tomorrows breakthroughs.

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The conclusions of the paper are similarly disappointing. It presents the data—measurements of the rotation speeds of the stars in Andromeda—and says nothing more. , however. And today it remains just as relevant, and just as mysterious, as it was on publication. The idea of a clutch of invisible matter holding on to Andromeda’s outer stars didn’t catch on straightaway, but at least this time it wasn’t ignored. First, astronomers justified the blind eye they had turned for thirty-seven years. They started constructing their own rotation curves, for example, by coming up with exotic explanations for how the mass might be distributed through the galaxies.

When Thomas Kuhn wrote The Structure of Scientific Revolutions in the early 1960s, he wanted to examine the history of science for clues to the nature of discovery. The clues led him to invent the term—now a cliché—paradigm shift. Scientists work with one set of ideas about how the world is. Everything they do, be it experimental or theoretical work, is informed by, and framed within, that set of ideas. There will be some evidence that doesn’t fit, however. At first, that evidence will be ignored or sabotaged.

The Cambridge University cosmologist Stephen Hawking makes a wry observation in his book The Universe in a Nutshell. Comparing the chronology of Slipher’s and Hubble’s careers, and noting how Hubble is credited with the discovery, in 1929, that the universe is expanding, Hawking makes a pointed reference to the first time Slipher publicly discussed his results. ” By 1917, when Einstein was petitioning astronomers for their view of the universe, Slipher’s spectrographic observations had shown that, of twenty-five nebulae, twenty-one were hurtling away from Earth, with just four getting closer.

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