Tag: Stephen Hawking
Is dark matter locked up in primordial black holes?
To be honest, I have an issue with both “dark matter” and “dark energy” – they both look like close-to-metaphysical constructs to me: we have a hole where theory and observation do not match so we’ll invent this latter-day phlogiston and call it “dark”. Then again, I’m not really qualified to comment and it is…
Review of “The Black Cloud”
My interest in astronomy and astrophysics comes from childhood and when I was much, much younger I had an (unscientific) fondness for the “steady state” theory of cosmology, which, in the early 1970s was not as thoroughly discredited as it is today (though, of course, many newer cosmologies borrow from it or show similarities to…
Do universities fail science students?
There is a very interesting article on the THES website today – “So last century” – which says that universities are failing students because they teach them in such a compartmentalised way. Whether the study is conducted by the CBI in the UK or by commercial for-profit educational providers drumming up business for their remedial…