breakthrough in science: gravitational waves

In my last post, I was captivated by the immediate impact on Andrei Linde himself of the recent breakthrough in astronomy, as recorded while Chao-Lin Kuo announced the big news that his theory concerning the Big Bang and inflation of the universe had been significantly borne out with evidence.  I was most interested in the humanity of science, and the people behind a major breakthrough. But what does this breakthrough illustrate for TOK about the nature of science?  What does it ...

big bang, big smile: happy moment in sharing knowledge

In TOK, we speak of the natural sciences as shared knowledge -- as knowledge built collectively as scientists publish their work and others use it toward their own.  But rarely is scientific knowledge shared with quite such a personal touch as in this video.  In it, Chao-Lin Kuo of Stanford delivers the news to Stanford physicist Andrei Linde, proponent of the theory of cosmic inflation, that his team of astronomers has just found evidence in support of Linde's theory.  Their ...