Topic: SCIENCE & NEWS
We have often heard the same complaint when an influential linguist, such as Chomsky or Kayne, releases a new paper: Oh no! He changed everything again!
A lot of non-theoretic linguists, who are inquisitors sank in the darkness of 19th century empiricist dogmas, are very reactionary in this sense: they hate changes in the theoretic framework, they do not want any of them and deem it absurd to change things all the time. But, if the concepts of some form of thought never change then it is not real science.
Now, newspapers around the world give us the good example of what solid science really means:
Hawking finds hole in his theory
Source: Associated Press, The Globe and Mail
After almost 30 years of arguing a black hole swallows up everything that falls into it, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking did a scientific back-flip Thursday.
The world famous author of a Brief History of Time said he and other scientists had it wrong -- the galactic traps may in fact allow information to escape.
The findings, which Dr. Hawking is due to present at the 17th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation in Dublin on July 21, could help solve the "black hole information paradox," which is a crucial puzzle of modern physics.
Current theory holds that Hawking radiation contains no information about the matter inside a black hole and once the black hole has evaporated, all the information within it is lost.
However this conflicts with a central tenet of quantum physics, which says such information can never be completely wiped out.
Congratulations Professor Hawking! You are a truly wise man!
Corriere della Sera
La Cr?nica de Hoy
The Houston Chronicle
The Globe and Mail
El Periodico de Catalunya