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The Curious Wavefunction

Musings on chemistry and the history and philosophy of science

Why the search for a unified theory may turn out to be a pipe dream

Unification is an ancient goal in physics. From the time that 19th century physicists like Maxwell and Clausius attempted to unite disparate physical phenomena, the search for a grand unified theory that would conjoin every known force and physical law has always been an implicit or explicit dream of physicists...

May 3, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Climate change models fail to accurately simulate droughts

Most of my day job involves simulating the behavior of molecules like drugs and proteins using computer models. The field is more an art than a science, partially because the systems that are being modeled are too complex and ill-understood to succumb to exact solutions...

April 18, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Do you need to know math for doing great science?

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, biologist E. O. Wilson asks if math is necessary for doing great science. At first glance the question seems rather pointless and the answer trivial; we can easily name dozens of Nobel Prize winners whose work was not mathematical at all...

April 9, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

How to recognize (and talk to) a chemophobe.

Over the last few years there has been a lot of discussion of chemophobia in the popular press and on blogs. But it seems to me that there have been few summaries of the general features of chemophobia and how to exorcise them...

April 9, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

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