In thinking about cause and effect, is there a superior reasoning power we can turn to? My colleague Anna Bowness-Park from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada wrote a thoughtful article on Albert Einstein and his approach to scientific enquiry. Here is what Anna, a regular contributor to the Vancouver Sun, had to share:
Before the time of advanced technological equipment and empirical studies, a man had a thought – it began one hundred years ago when a young Albert Einstein, staring at a clock started thinking, and came up with a revolutionary theory of gravitation. It culminated recently when a key prediction of his theory – the existence of unseen gravitational waves in space – was proved to be a scientific fact.
On the CBC program, Quirks & Quarks, science commentator Bob McDonald explains that “gravitational waves could open an entirely new window on the universe that could be as profound as the one opened by Galileo more than 400 years ago.” And, for anyone who needs “empirical evidence” in fields impacted by this evidence, this is wonderful news.
Read more from Anna Bowness-Park’s blog.