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Popular Culture

Any idea of fact or fiction flowing from the author through some form of media, by definition, enters the popular culture. When this happens, as scientists sometimes we cheer and sometimes we just shake our head. Nonetheless, we often cannot measure an idea’s true significance until it has been tested among those most able to see the forest for the trees (or, more apt for our case, the universe for the quanta).

Here’s a complete list of the original Popular Culture nominees.

Evidence of Mankind’s Evolving Self-Perception

Despite its often blunt message that man, for all his glory, stands as a tiny grain of sand against the naked might of the universe, science fiction leaves us with a hope that, yes, we can achieve the impossible dream.

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Apollo 14: The Ultimate Sand Trap

Scotland may take credit for inventing the game, but leave it for a witty American to take the sport to its greatest heights – literally!

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Any idea of fact or fiction flowing from the author through some form of media, by definition, enters the popular culture. When this happens, as scientists sometimes we cheer and sometimes we just shake our head. Nonetheless, we often cannot measure an idea’s true significance until it has been tested among those most able to see the forest for the trees (or, more apt for our case, the universe for the quanta).

Here’s a complete list of the original Popular Culture nominees.

Popular Culture Nominees

The role of astronomy – the heavens – in popular culture paints a story arc of mankind’s evolving self-perception. Through it, you’ll discover something about your species you many never have noticed, but something, deep down in your heart, you always knew.

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