Big Picture Science – Too Big To Prove

by Gary Niederhoff on August 20, 2018

Big Picture Science – Too Big To Prove

Celebrations are in order for the physicists who won the 2017 Nobel Prize, for the detection of gravitational waves. But the road to Stockholm was not easy. Unfolding over a century, it went from doubtful theory to daring experiments and even disrepute. 100 years is a major lag between a theory and its confirmation, and new ideas in physics may take even longer to prove.

Why it may be your great, great grandchildren who witness the confirmation of string theory. Plus, the exciting insights that gravitational waves provide into the phenomena of our universe, beginning with black holes.

And, physics has evolved – shouldn’t its rewards? A case for why the Nobel committee should honor collaborative groups rather than individuals, and the scientific breakthroughs it’s missed.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Janna Levin / Gravitational Waves
Part 2: Roland Pease / Nobel Prize
Part 3: David Gross / String Theory

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