Friday, October 24, 2008

Music of the Spheres -- and a (Pedestrian) Moral about Factual Inference

Astronomers now use the sounds -- or, in any event, I presume, the sounds extracted from electromagnetic radiation (the sound waves that humans hear with their ears do not travel well through space) -- emanating from stars to decipher the innards of stars. See this BBC story.

This is a nifty example of just how complicated -- and surprising -- "factual inference" can be.

N.B. Human ingenuity seems to know no limits.

the dynamic evidence page

consulting on investigation strategy and the law of evidence

Post a Comment