by on March 2, 2012

Anyone who has read Exoplanets and Alien Solar Systems will know that I disdain the use of the term “paradox” in physics and math. Invariably, it means that the result that is called a paradox has its origins in a phenomenon that is not correctly understood, either because one or more assumptions is completely wrong and/or the interpretation of something is completely wrong. Paradoxes in physics are often surronded by a lot of unjustified drama, as in, “Wow, isn’t this so weird (and cool)?” Unfortunately, when something is so commonly referred to with a familiar label, one is forced to use the terminology to some extent in order that people realize you are talking about the same thing.