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Friday, November 30, 2012

A Brief History of Time's Many Errors

Posted by Paul Constant on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Did you know that Time magazine nominated the Higgs boson for its Person of the Year? It's true! So stupid! Michael Moyer at Scientific American explains that it gets dumber:

Under ordinary circumstances, we would be all for the elevation of the Higgs to “Person of the Year” status, if only to further honor the heroic efforts of thousands of scientists and engineers who made the discovery possible (more on that below). But Time’s nomination threatens to do more harm than good. Every single sentence in Time’s nomination contains at least one serious error. The magazine scores a perfect five for five.

Moyer then fisks the nomination, which even got Peter Higgs's nationality wrong. Go read the blog post for a great illustration on how ineptly the media tends to handle scientific matters.

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