“The End of Science” – Back to Basics | Space News


The accepted description of reality in astronomy asserts that only the law of gravity applies in space. Yet nearly every discovery of the space age, from the Van Allen radiation belts around the Earth to the high-velocity winds around Neptune, has been announced as a surprise. And the surprises have been surprising precisely because they haven’t verified the prevailing “basic description of reality.” In this adaptation of the Mel Acheson’s Picture of the Day article, “Back to Basics,” we explore the need for astronomers to finally entertain the laws of electromagnetism in interpreting and describing space phenomena.

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