Cosmologists argue March 26, 2007Posted by dorigo in astronomy, news, science.
Seconds after Niayesh Afshordi (Harvard University) spelt the last word of his talk, titled “Missing Thermal Energy of the Universe”, Richard Lieu started the plastics projector on the side of the main table, and placed on it a slide to make a point against the conclusions that Afshordi had drawn.
There ensued a lively discussion between the two, the contents of which I could not completely grasp. Nevertheless I was quite entertained by the composed fervor of the two, to which others from the audience soon started to contribute. And I do think their open discussion helped the general understanding of the issue.
Alas, we see too little of that at conferences these days. Scientists prefer to package their dissent in preprints rather than speaking their minds against one another in front of large audiences. Is that because we are naturally shy human beings, or is it the formality of the venues ?