Simon Singh Quotes.
Bearing in mind that homeopathic remedies are generally so diluted that they contain no active remedy, it seems obvious they can be nothing more than placebos.
What shocks me is people who have no expertise championing a view that runs counter to the mainstream scientific consensus.
You might think that modern chiropractors restrict themselves to treating back problems, but in fact they still possess some quite wacky ideas. The fundamentalists argue that they can cure anything. And even the more moderate chiropractors have ideas above their station.
High street homeopaths, who typically do not have any serious medical training, are allowed to treat you and me for almost any condition.
When I was finishing my PhD, I could just see people who were a bit quicker and brighter and smarter than me and I thought, ‘well they are the people who are going to make the great discoveries.’
The only consolation is that homeopathy can only be practised on animals by a fully trained vet or under the supervision of one, because it is forbidden for the average high street homeopath to treat animals on their own.
Libel law was developed to protect the reputations of individuals, not corporations.
The worlds of maths and science have a long history of naming important objects after people.
All I am saying is that if you want to answer a question, then we need to examine and weigh up the evidence. To me, that’s not dogmatic that’s just… what else would you do?
I’m fairly unemotional and tend not to get too excited when things go well and I tend not to get too depressed when they go badly.
Indeed, it is a proven mathematical theorem that a doughnut is topologically distinct from a sphere.
Cern’s colliders usually shut down for a winter break, because the cost of electricity increases as the temperature drops and the Swiss turn on their heaters and tuck into their fondue.
If you’ve written something that you believe is true, and if you can afford to defend it, then you’ve got to defend it.
Without doubt, the most mathematically sophisticated television show in the history of primetime broadcasting is ‘The Simpsons’.
Part of the problem is that if anybody has a gut reaction about an issue, they can go online and have it backed up. That said, they can also find support for their ideas in the mainstream media – because when the mainstream media gives a so-called balanced view, it’s often misleading.
Sunspots are hubs of intense magnetic activity and they trigger solar flares that launch charged particles, X-rays, ultraviolet radiation and radio waves at the Earth.
Scientists aren’t necessarily good communicators, because they aren’t trained to be good communicators.
The fact that we have 7 days of the week can be traced to the Babylonian and Jewish civilisations, with the first documented reference dating to 600BC.
I’m happy watching ‘The Simpsons’ at home.
Most of all, a good maths education encourages students to embrace difficult problems, not shy away from them. In my opinion, the problem is that most UK secondary schools don’t stretch good mathematicians and therefore fail to turn them into excellent mathematicians.
The truth is that many of the writers of ‘The Simpsons’ are deeply in love with numbers, and their ultimate desire is to drip-feed morsels of mathematics into the subconscious minds of viewers.
Reviewing good puzzle books is frustrating, because you get to page one of the introduction, find a curious puzzle, become engrossed for 20 minutes, miss your stop and then fail to get home in time to say goodnight to the kids.
One scientist will interpret data one way, another in another way. One scientist may feel that an experiment is valid, another feels it’s invalid. That’s why scientists have discussions and put forward their opinions in conferences and papers.
Many of the worst cases that triggered the campaign for libel reform involved corporations suing critics, so these particular sections of the bill are vital to reduce future abuses of libel law.
As soon as the idea of the Big Bang was proposed in the 1920s, astronomers set about trying to work out when the bang happened. Initial estimates were, not surprisingly, wildly inaccurate, but by the 1980s it was known that the universe was 15 billion years old, give or take 5 billion years.
All that was required to measure the planet was a man with a stick and a brain. In other words, couple an intellect with some experimental apparatus and almost anything seems achievable.
I don’t want to write books that are intellectually staggering if nobody’s going to read them.
People back down because the libel system is so utterly hostile to journalists, bloggers, scientists. The smart thing is not to fight.