Statues of Tycho Brahe a Johannes Kepler in Prague.
Astronomy

What Johannes Kepler Got Wrong

August 15, 2020

Even though astronomy would not have been where it is today without Johannes Kepler, he made considerable mistakes. His famous three laws were not built on a perfect foundation, and his first solar system model was pure nonsense. […]

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727).
History of Science

Was Isaac Newton Always Right?

August 15, 2020

Isaac Newton made undeniable contributions to modern science with the basic principles of physics. However, unlike modern scientists, he would answer the most difficult parts of the problem with God’s intervention. […]

Artist's impression of a time loop. Closed timelike curves allow a material particle to traverse spacetime and return to its starting point.
History of Science

Do Closed Timelike Curves Exist or Not?

May 15, 2020

A number of solutions to the field equations have shown that closed timelike curves can exist. However, there’s still uncertainty regarding the existence of closed timelike curves. Why is this the case? […]

Aerial view of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton campus. Kurt Gödel took up a position here after fleeing Nazi Germany in 1940.
History of Science

Kurt Gödel Wanted to Revise Our Concept of Time

May 15, 2020

Kurt Gödel thought he had found certain logical inconsistencies with the concept of time, as we know it. So, what was time like in Godel’s cosmological solution and what was the nature of Godel’s universe? […]

General relativity equation written on a blackboard.
History of Science

Early Research on Unified Field Theory

May 5, 2020

Einstein wasn’t alone in the search of a Unified Field Theory. From Weyel’s version of metric tensors to Kaluza’s Fifth Dimension to Eddington’s Affine connection, there were many attempting to build a Unified Theory. […]

Newton's law of universal gravitation is a unified theory.
History of Science

What Is Einstein’s Unified Field Theory?

May 5, 2020

For a period of three decades, Einstein searched—with very little success—for a unified field theory. What comprises a unified theory, and what is its significance? […]

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