The ‘Pioneer anomaly’ that threatened to upend physics
- September 2, 2012
- An article by Jim Weatherall, logic & philosophy of science assistant professor, is featured in The Boston Globe September 2, 2012
From The Boston Globe:
In 1972 and 1973, two unmanned spacecraft — called Pioneer 10 and 11 — were launched on missions to the outer reaches of the solar system. The probes sent beautiful images of Jupiter and Saturn back to Earth, along with exciting new data about their makeup. And then the scientists monitoring the crafts sat back and relaxed as the ships began their long, lonely journeys into deep space. Until something weird turned up in the data. About the authoer: James Owen Weatherall is an assistant professor of logic and philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine. His book, “The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable,” will be published in January 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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