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Darwinian Sesquicentennial

I feel like Physicists need to make common cause with our brethren (and sisteren) in the squishy sciences. After all, the same people who tout Intelligent Design tend to be none to keen on the big bang or the standard … Continue reading

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h-index

I’ve been thinking a lot about my h-index lately. This is the sort of thing that passes for vanity and ego-surfing among the academic community. For those not in the know, your h-index is computed by ranking all of your … Continue reading

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On playing dumb.

I’ve been thinking about a pedagogical question lately. When teaching introductory classes, why do we spend so much time on history, especially the bits of history wherein the ancients (or not so ancients) end up being very, very wrong? In … Continue reading

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Contest: Most overblown science press release

I have a contest, prompted by my recent column about GRB 090510. It occurred to me that really good science occasionally gets obscured by the desperate need to have a press release picked up by the New York Times or … Continue reading

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Dave Goldberg on Studio 360

Tired of reading my opinions for free? Live in New York? Well, have I got news for you! On the evening of Novemeber 17th, I’ll be recording a live show on time travel with Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson. Come … Continue reading

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Inponderables

Over the last several lectures, I’ve been covering special relativity in my freshman majors class. We derived the Lorentz transforms on Friday, and then spent yesterday showing how our previous work leads inevitably to E=mc2. As a technical aside, if … Continue reading

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Questioning conventional wisdom

In case you thought that the the Krugman/Freakonomics Global Warming Feud was over, Paul Krugman launched this salvo in his blog today. As a reminder, the basic issue is that Dubner and Leavitt (aka the freakonomics guys) have a chapter … Continue reading

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True, false, who can say?

If you’ve been paying attention to the interwebs over the last week or so, you may have been aware of a series of papers written Holger Nielsen & Masao Ninomiya (here, here, here, and here).  I don’t want to get … Continue reading

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Who's to blame for the crisis in science?

Talk of the Nation did a story yesterday with Randy Olsen, a former marine biologist who left academia for Hollywood, and is an outspoken advocate of combining style with substance in scientific delivery. He’s written a new book, entitled, Don’t … Continue reading

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