Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy at Dartmouth College and author of "The Island of Knowledge."
When, in 1543, Copernicus demoted the Earth to a mere planet, he had no idea that he would, albeit somewhat slowly, turn the world upside-down. The good canon of Warmia, Poland, set off a chain of events that would, in the centuries following, lead to the progressive humiliation of our species, once the proud center of creation. So goes the bad karma of science: the more we learn about the universe, the less important we become. Is this really what modern science is telling us?Read More