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The Curious Wavefunction

Musings on chemistry and the history and philosophy of science

ENCODE, Apple Maps and function: Why definitions matter

Remember that news-making ENCODE study with its claims that “80% of the genome is functional”? Remember how those claims were the starting point for a public relations disaster which pronounced (for the umpteenth time) the "death of junk DNA"?...

February 21, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Physics Nobel Prizes and second acts

A couple of days ago I wrote a post discussing chemists who did significant work after receiving a Nobel Prize. The examples are few but noteworthy; accomplishing one significant piece of scientific work is hard enough, so if you manage more than one you should definitely be recognized...

February 21, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Darwin Day: A personal offering

Two hundred and four years ago this day, Charles Darwin was born. The vision of life that he created and expounded on transformed humanity's perception of its place in the universe.

February 12, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Is the age of scientific genius over?

There's a short rumination in this week's Nature in which Dean Keith Simonton, a psychologist from the University of California, Davis asks a question that often surfaces: Is the age of scientific genius over?...

February 3, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Truth and beauty in chemistry

The mathematician Hermann Weyl who made many diverse contributions to his discipline once made the startling assertion that whenever he had to choose between truth and beauty in his works, he usually chose beauty...

January 24, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

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