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by midtskogen
18 Oct 2017 12:27
Forum: Feedback and Suggestions
Topic: How about 'Jovian' instead of 'Jupiter?'
Replies: 11
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How about 'Jovian' instead of 'Jupiter?'

Mouthwash wrote:
Qr Bbpost No one knows what Jove means

By Jove, what do you mean?

It's SpaceEngineer's privilege to pick these names, anyway. :)
by midtskogen
18 Oct 2017 06:59
Forum: Feedback and Suggestions
Topic: How about 'Jovian' instead of 'Jupiter?'
Replies: 11
Views: 168

How about 'Jovian' instead of 'Jupiter?'

Jovia sounds constructed and has connotation with "jovial" (so does jovian, in my opinion).
by midtskogen
18 Oct 2017 03:57
Forum: Feedback and Suggestions
Topic: How about 'Jovian' instead of 'Jupiter?'
Replies: 11
Views: 168

How about 'Jovian' instead of 'Jupiter?'

Adjectives and particles can be used as nouns, but why superjovian over superjove?
by midtskogen
17 Oct 2017 22:10
Forum: Feedback and Suggestions
Topic: How about 'Jovian' instead of 'Jupiter?'
Replies: 11
Views: 168

How about 'Jovian' instead of 'Jupiter?'

A different noun for Jupiter is Jove (Jupiter = father Jove).  The adjective in both cases is Jovian.
by midtskogen
16 Oct 2017 23:30
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy News
Replies: 351
Views: 15541

Science and Astronomy News

I think this practice dilutes the author term somewhat.  Certainly, this discovery has involved a lot of people, all with some contribution (hopefully no "honorary" authors, or "we'll include you in the author list if you include us in your list" stuff), and nobody wants a fight ...
by midtskogen
16 Oct 2017 21:56
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy News
Replies: 351
Views: 15541

Science and Astronomy News

I'm counting 4218 authors for that paper.  Is that some kind of new record?
by midtskogen
16 Oct 2017 13:46
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy News
Replies: 351
Views: 15541

Science and Astronomy News

So, Watsisname guessed right.  No, not the sock. These days it was surely the most anticipated astronomical discovery.  And so no surprise either that the press release was so carefully orchestrated, perhaps well prepared even before the discovery.  It better lead to a whole new series of similar di...
by midtskogen
16 Oct 2017 01:29
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy News
Replies: 351
Views: 15541

Science and Astronomy News

14792 What predictive power did epicycles have which help justify the proposition? Besides predicting the positions in the sky of each of the planets and explaining the lack of violent winds if the Earth were moving, epicycles predicted changes to the distances/brightnesses of the planets, they pre...
by midtskogen
15 Oct 2017 22:21
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy News
Replies: 351
Views: 15541

Science and Astronomy News

14787 A hypothesis is ad hoc if it is motivated purely by fitting to data, with no further justification for those fits through producing new predictions. Putting epicycles to orbits of objects around the Earth is an ad hoc adjustment of the geocentric model. But the epicycles did more than purely ...
by midtskogen
15 Oct 2017 11:38
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy News
Replies: 351
Views: 15541

Science and Astronomy News

Maybe criticism of such criticism is based on misconceptions? :) Does anyone really categorically deny that dark energy can be described as an ad hoc hypothesis?  Even if we agree that it's ad hoc because there is still much we don't understand, that doesn't mean that it's wrong.  The question is ra...
by midtskogen
15 Oct 2017 01:08
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy News
Replies: 351
Views: 15541

Science and Astronomy News

I am not in a position to judge whether Nash or others with similar ideas are on to something.  But I do find "dark energy" problematic from a methodology viewpoint. It has the traits of an ad hoc hypothesis which doesn't really add much.  It's mainly serves to save our current understandi...
by midtskogen
14 Oct 2017 11:19
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy News
Replies: 351
Views: 15541

Science and Astronomy News

This was an interesting read on Einstein, John Nash and his last days, but in Norwegian.  Google translated, sort of conveying the original story.

EDIT: the paper mentioned.
by midtskogen
13 Oct 2017 13:30
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Videos
Replies: 271
Views: 13299

Science and Astronomy Videos

The arguments for that may be mainly philosophical.  Your quote is correct. "Nothing arises from nothing".
by midtskogen
11 Oct 2017 21:56
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy News
Replies: 351
Views: 15541

Science and Astronomy News

Press Conference at ESO HQAnnouncing Unprecedented Discovery

The Europeans are learning from NASA how to create media hypes?
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