Reasons to Believe

Laws of Physics

  • LHC Hasn’t Destroyed Earth Yet

    As I predicted nearly two-and-a-half years ago, it looks like the Earth will survive the most powerful accelerator ever built. A recent article validates my prediction.

    On September 8, 2008, I … more

  • Are the Physical Constants Actually Constant?

    A few weeks ago I wrote an article arguing that inflation does not imply a change in the laws of physics. Yet, a few days after the article posted, some scientists announced evidence that some of the … more

  • Cool Discoveries 3

    Every now and again, a cool scientific discovery comes along that doesn’t have an obvious apologetic connection but warrants mention simply because it’s interesting. Here’s a … more

  • Smooth Ride for Photosynthesis

    As a kid growing up in Missouri, I would’ve said the best way to get down a hill depends on the season. A sideways roll worked well during the summer when the ground was dry, but winter called … more

  • Laws of Physics Still Constant

    People value reliability. Businesses put a lot of effort into assuring customers of the reliability of their products. Consumers associate the question "Can you hear me now?" with the reliability of … more

  • Defusing the Antimatter Bomb

    We’ve seen these plot devices repeated throughout the action/adventure genre. Obviously, the climaxes of popcorn flicks are rife with scientific inaccuracies. It drives my wife crazy when I … more

  • The Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

    Quantum mechanics is the science of the small, typically describing phenomena that occur at the atomic level. Throughout the history of science, it has been interested in describing the nature of … more

  • Mathematics and the Physical Universe

    More than once, scientists and philosophers have noted how mathematics can describe, with remarkable precision, the laws that govern our universe. An example of this is found in the article The … more

  • Testing Cosmic Creation Models, Part 2

    In my previous contribution to Today’s New Reason To Believe I described how Bayesian statistical analysis by two Polish researchers on the latest measurements defining the history of the … more

  • Testing Cosmic Creation Models, Part 1

    At two different outreach events this past month I met both atheists and young-earth creationists who expressed skepticism concerning the evidence I presented for the biblically predicted big bang … more

  • A Carbon-14 Coincidence

    A few weeks back I mentioned the benefits to scientific discovery provided by this coincidence. By using it, astronomers learned about the Sun’s corona, were able to test Einstein’s … more

  • A Major Test for Relativity

    It isn’t often that a scientist correctly predicts something that will occur within less than two years in a galaxy 3.5 billion light-years away. Yet that’s what Finnish physicist Mauri … more

  • White Dwarfs Deliver Better Creation History

    A window that enables astronomers to rigorously test the biblically predicted big bang creation model. 1Thanks to a new set of measurements on burnt out stars—known as white dwarfs—that … more

  • Black Holes Provide More Evidence for Strings

    The significance of string theory is that if it or some other multi-space-dimensional theory of physics accurately describes physical reality, then religions that insist on a doctrinal construct of … more

  • Where Is the Cosmic Density Fine-Tuning?

    This word picture helps to demonstrate a number used to quantify that fine-tuning, namely 1 part in 1060. Compared to the total mass of the observable universe, 1 part in 1060 works out to about a … more

  • Beginning and End of Cosmology

    Study of the brightest galaxies in the universe persuaded astronomers that 99 percent of the matter in the universe was dark. And measurements of the brightest stars convinced astronomers that three … more