Institute for Advanced Study astrophysicist Scott Tremaine explains how our personal biases and assumptions impact our quest for scientific knowledge.
Princeton physicist Paul Steinhardt’s remarkable discovery of natural quasicrystals demonstrates the importance that persistence plays in scientific breakthroughs.
Roger Penrose, University of Oxford, confronts us with the question of to what extent our theories of cosmology are testable.
From Galileo to Kepler, Newton to Einstein, the most successful natural scientists in history have all tended to buck the established wisdom of their day as they boldly led us towards profoundly deeper levels of understanding about the world around us.
Developing Understanding relates a series of expert insights on the nature of knowledge and techniques for attaining it.
Extending Experience emphasizes the vital role our past experiences play in shaping our current understanding.
Testing Theories investigates ten different perspectives associated with the process of gaining knowledge by testing our theories.
Personal Perspectives offers candid glimpses of the motivations, passions and frustrations of a variety of researchers at the front lines of knowledge.
Particle physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed engagingly explores some popular misconceptions of what the “scientific method” is all about.
Princeton University cosmologist Paul Steinhardt describes how many physicists stubbornly refuse to abandon a theory of the universe he helped develop.
Princeton University historian of science Michael Gordin on falsification and science vs. pseudoscience.