Particle physicists continue to spread misinformation about prospects of new collider
16 March 2019 | 8:29 am

Physics Today has published an essay by Gordon Kane about “The collider question.” Gordon Kane is Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan. He is well known in the field, both for his research and his engagement in science communication. Kane has written several well-received popular science books about particle physics in general, and supersymmetry in particular. In his new essay for

Particle physicists excited over discovery of nothing in particular
14 March 2019 | 12:57 pm

Logo of Moriond meeting. “Rencontres de Moriond” is one of the most important annual conferences in particle physics. This year’s meeting will start in two days, on March 16th. Usually, experimental collaborations try to have at least preliminary results to present at the conference, so we have an interesting couple of weeks ahead. The collaboration of the ATLAS experiment at CERN has already

Motte and Bailey, Particle Physics Style
9 March 2019 | 8:19 am

“Motte and bailey” is a rhetorical maneuver in which someone switches between an argument that does not support their conclusion but is easy to defend (the “motte”), and an argument that supports their conclusion but is hard to defend (the “bailey”). The purpose of this switch is to trick the listener into believing that the easy-to-defend argument suffices to support the conclusion. This

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