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The Curious Wavefunction

Musings on chemistry and the history and philosophy of science

Physicists in Biology; And Other Quirks of the Genomic Age

Leo Szilard – brilliant, peripatetic Hungarian physicist, habitué of hotel lobbies, soothsayer without peer – first grasped the implications of a nuclear chain reaction in 1933 while stepping off the curb at a traffic light in London...

December 10, 2012 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

The perils of translational research

This is an updated and revised version of an article I wrote for the Lindau Meeting of Nobel laureates and Current Science magazine. In 1969, one of the more memorable incidents in the public advocacy of science took place...

November 26, 2012 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Occam, me and a conformational medley

The philosopher and writer Jim Holt who has written the sparkling new book “Why Does The World Exist?” recently wrote an op-ed column in the New York Times, gently reprimanding physicists to stop being ‘churlish’ and appreciate the centuries-old interplay between physics and philosophy...

November 8, 2012 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Advice on running a world-class lab

One of this year's Nobel laureates in physics, Serge Haroche, has a few words of wisdom for fostering a good research environment. Our experiments could only have succeeded with the reliable financial support provided by the institutions that govern our laboratory, supplemented by international agencies inside and outside Europe...

October 23, 2012 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Misconduct, not error, is the source of most retracted papers

There's a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that should make the scientific community sit up and do a little pondering. Researchers from the University of Washington, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the firm MediCC!...

October 2, 2012 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

In praise of Small (and Cheap) Science

The discovery of DNA structure was an outstanding example of Small Science (Image: Subversive Archeologist) I am a big fan of Small Science. In spite of the riches unearthed by Big Science in the fields of biology and physics during the last fifty years, historically speaking much of scientific progress has come from small groups or individuals working with relatively cheap equipment and resources...

September 28, 2012 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

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