Astronomical Events

Monday's eclipse demonstrated our faith in science

Monday's eclipse demonstrated our faith in science

Monday’s total solar eclipse, which stretched a band of black night across the continent at mid-day, displayed the awesome power of nature in ways that make an individual human shudder at his smallness. But as the moon intruded on the sun’s direct line to Earth, another great power was on display. Implicit in the decision of millions of people to don eye protection and stare at the sun for two full minutes was a collective endorsement of science itself. When people from all across the country looked to the sky, they took part in affirming one of the foundational principles of science itself: reproducibility.

In its broadest sense, science is the process of formulating models that...

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