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The Curious Wavefunction

The Curious Wavefunction

Musings on chemistry and the history and philosophy of science

Gavrilo Princip, conspiracy theories and the fragility of cause and effect

A hundred years ago this day in Sarajevo, disgruntled nationalist Gavrilo Princip fired a shot. An Archduke and his wife died, the world mourned and fulminated, and in a rash of misunderstanding and patriotic throes the nations of Europe went to war with each other, a war that in its calculated butchery exceeded all that [...]

June 28, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Philosophy begins where physics ends, and physics begins where philosophy ends

Physicist Sean Carroll has some words of wisdom for physicists who might have less than complimentary things to say about philosophy. The most recent altercation between a physicist and philosophy came from Neil deGrasse Tyson who casually disparaged philosophy in a Q&A session, saying that it can be a time sink and it doesn’t actually [...]

June 23, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Verizon Ad Warns Parents Not to Squelch Daughters' Interest in Science

At a time when we are still seeing subtle and not-so-subtle opposition to fostering young girls’ interest in STEM disciplines and to women’s mobility in professional science, it’s encouraging to see this ad from Verizon asking parents to not squelch their daughters’ natural curiosity.

June 12, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Truth and beauty in science

Philip Ball who is one of my favorite science writers has a thoughtful rumination on the constant tussle between beauty and truth in science.

May 21, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Genes and Race: The Distant Footfalls of Evidence

A review of Nicholas Wade’s book, “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History“. In this book NYT science writer Nicholas Wade advances two simple premises: firstly, that we should stop looking only toward culture as a determinant of differences between populations and individuals, and secondly, that those who claim that race is only a [...]

May 13, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

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