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The Curious Wavefunction

The Curious Wavefunction

Musings on chemistry and the history and philosophy of science

Who's the greatest American physicist in history?

A photo of an impish Richard Feynman playing the bongos appears in Ray Monk's biography of Oppenheimer. It is accompanied by the caption "Richard Feynman, Julian Schwinger's main rival for the title of greatest American physicist in history"...

May 16, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Global warming slowdown retrospectively "predicted"

When I was in graduate school I once came across a computer program that's used to predict the activities of as yet unsynthesized drug molecules. The program is "trained" on a set of existing drug molecules with known activities (the "training set") and is then used to predict those of an unknown set (the "test set")...

May 15, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

The man without a center

Why are we drawn to tragic heroes much more then to conventional ones? Perhaps because tragic heroes, because of the flaws and ambiguity inherent in their nature, continue to intrigue us long after we have finished admiring the essentially simple and good character of conventional heroes...

May 14, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

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