- Physics Today asks "Has science 'taken a turn towards darkness'?" I tend to think that the physical sciences and engineering are inherently less problematic (because of the ability of others to try to reproduce results in a controlled environment) than biology/medicine (incredibly complex and therefore difficult or impractical to do controlled experimentation) or the social sciences.
- Likewise, Physics Today's Steven Corneliussen also asks, "Could the evolution of theoretical physics harm public trust in science?" This gets at the extremely worrying (to me) tendency of some high energy/cosmology theorists these days to decry that the inability to test their ideas is really not a big deal, and that we shouldn't be so hung up on the idea of falsifiability.
- Ice spikes are cool.
- Anshul Kogar and Ethan Brown have started a new condensed matter blog! The more the merrier, definitely.
- My book is available for download right now in kindle form, with hard copies available in the UK in a few days and in the US next month.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Brief news items
In the wake of travel, I wanted to point readers to a few things that might have been missed:
Posted by Douglas Natelson at 2:24 PM