Danish astronomers question gravitational wave detection


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The uncertainty of science: A team of Danish astronomers have questioned the gravitational wave detection achieved in the past few years by the LIGO gravitational wave telescopes.

The details are complex and very much in dispute, and the position of these Danish astronomers is very much in the minority, but their doubts have not been dismissed, and illustrate well the best aspects science. The article also outlines how the physics community and the LIGO scientists have welcomed the skepticism, even as they have doubts about the claims of the Danish astronomers. This is the hallmark of good science, and lends weight to the work at LIGO.

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2 comments

  • wodun

    This doesn’t seem to be a field of science where being wrong calls into question your reason for existence and your personal identity. It can call into question the nature of reality but it is also a field that deals with teasing out what reality actually is, so being wrong is more welcome than some other scientific fields.

  • wayne

    on a lighter note…

    The Big Bang Theory –
    Penny Helps Sheldon Solve String Theory (S11E13)
    https://youtu.be/7ZtVgzTy3_Y
    4:29

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