Is Cosmology a Science?
April 24, 2008 3 Comments
The following excerpt is from the article (“A Singular Conundrum: How Odd is Our Universe?”) found in the respected journal Science [317, 1850 (2007)],
“Cosmology may look like a science, but it isn’t a science” says James Gunn of Princeton University co-founder of the Sloan survey. “A basic tenet of science is that you can do repeatable experiments, and you can’t do that in cosmology.”
Truth be told the article wades into far deeper waters than most people are accustomed to, myself included (Give me a good SUMOylation paper any day of the week).
But it doesn’t take someone with the good professor’s credentials in astronomy to see that his words can also be extrapolated to other scientific fields, whose very nature make repeatable experiments an impossibility.
That this impossibility is ignored is not surprising given the philosophical underpinnings…