Archive for the ‘Science communication’ Category

A difficulty with presenting dark energy, and indeed cosmology in general, to the public is that it’s so complex and long winded. Does this add to the controversy? Reading reader comments on popular magazine articles, as I do, I sometimes find that there is a large amount of misunderstanding over dark energy, specifically which parts […]


While for obvious reasons dark energy hasn’t appeared often in the mainstream news, I had a look at 14 articles written in the New York Times between 1998 and 2001. The progression of themes went something like this: Report on the discovery –> universe a ‘mess’ Pondering a theory to match observations à fudge factor back […]


Since 1998, articles about dark energy in journals and magazines have become very common. The diagram, taken from Horvath, who argues for a Kuhnian paradigm shift in modern cosmology (Dark Matter, Dark Energy and Modern Cosmology: The Case for a Kuhnian Paradigm Shift, by Horvath, in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social […]


I was just about to open a book and continue my dark energy controversy research when I made a last, quick check of Twitter… and found these articles: Study predicts end of the universe from ABC and Countdown to oblivion from New Scientist. Both of these articles regard a study from ARXIV (have a look […]