Thomas Levenson
Professor of Science Writing, MIT

Tom Levenson is professor of science writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His most recent book is The Hunt for Vulcan: … And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe (2015). He lives in Massachusetts.

Written by Thomas Levenson

From Big Bang to dust; the BICEP2 telescope in Antarctica. Photo by Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics/Steffen Richter /

Philosophy of science
Epic fails

Great theories can spend decades waiting for verification. Failed theories do too. Is there any way to tell them apart?

Thomas Levenson