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The Curious Wavefunction

The Curious Wavefunction

Musings on chemistry and the history and philosophy of science

Why the new NIH guidelines for psychiatric drug testing worry me

Why the new NIH guidelines for psychiatric drug testing worry me

Psychiatric drugs have always been a black box. The complexity of the brain has meant that most successful drugs for treating disorders like depression, psychosis and bipolar disorder were discovered by accident and trial and error rather than rational design...

March 21, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
On making mistakes

On making mistakes

In the latest issue of the New York Review of Books, Freeman Dyson has a nice review of Mario Livio’s readable book on scientific blunders committed by great scientists.

February 20, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Why the world needs more Leo Szilards

Why the world needs more Leo Szilards

The body of men and women who built the atomic bomb was vast, diverse, talented and multitudinous. Every conceivable kind of professional – from theoretical physics to plumber – worked on the Manhattan Project for three years over an enterprise that spread across the country and equalled the US automobile industry in its marshaling of [...]..

February 18, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Falsification and chemistry: What’s the rub?

A few people seem unhappy with my previous post in which I made the contention that falsification as a philosophy is much less relevant to chemistry than to physics, especially when chemists make molecules...

January 27, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

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