Heino Falcke (Radboud University) - An astrophysicist reflecting on science, politics, and more …

Science in the era of Facebook and Twitter - a whirlwind of hypes and likes. Science in the era of Facebook and Twitter – a whirlwind of hypes and likes.

« Science is wrong, most of the time » – I am not sure who said that first, but I am sure someone did so well before me. This is a banality for those who do science at the forefront of our knowledge, yet sometimes it seems very difficult to also accept that view in the public discourse. Well, in the days of Facebook and Twitter it is plain obvious to everyone.

As an active astrophysicist I had to reflect on this, while a number of big and small events were accumulating.

It all started with a press conference at Harvard where astronomers announced that they found evidence for cosmic inflation. This news quickly spread over the entire world via Twitter and Facebook and it was hailed as spectacular evidence for the big bang by the regular press. Just…

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