Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Nature of Science and Scientific Investigation

Physics Nobel Laureate Russell Hulse makes the case that science must be seen as more than just the scientific method, especially if it is to be of interest to young people. Science is not merely mechanistic; it is a highly creative process. Hulse recounts his discovery of the first example of a pulsar in a binary system of stars - a discovery that helped him win the Nobel Prize. The system allowed Hulse, working with Joseph Taylor, the first opportunity to verify Einstein's prediction of gravitational waves - ripples in the structure of space and time.

About the Lecturer
Russell Alan Hulse is an American physicist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, shared with his thesis advisor Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr., "for the discovery of a new type of pulsar, a discovery that has opened up new possibilities for the study of gravitation".

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