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The Curious Wavefunction

The Curious Wavefunction

Musings on chemistry and the history and philosophy of science

Why drugs are expensive: It’s the science, stupid.

Why drugs are expensive: It’s the science, stupid.

This is part 1 of a series of posts delving into the fundamental scientific challenges in drug discovery. Often you will hear people talking about why drugs are expensive: it’s the greedy pharmaceutical companies, the patent system, the government, capitalism itself...

January 6, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Book review: “Nuclear Forces: The Making of the Physicist Hans Bethe” by Silvan Schweber

Book review: “Nuclear Forces: The Making of the Physicist Hans Bethe” by Silvan Schweber

Hans Bethe was one of the greatest and most versatile scientists of the twentieth century. The sheer magnitude of his scientific accomplishments ranging across almost every field of theoretical physics almost defies belief; he was probably the last “universalist”, a man who could solve virtually any physics problem that came his way...

December 2, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Why we need to stop comparing every Big Science project to the Manhattan Project

Why we need to stop comparing every Big Science project to the Manhattan Project

Alex Wellerstein who is a historian of nuclear science has some cogent thoughts that feed into what has long since been a pet peeve of mine: the tendency for politicians, the media and scientists themselves to compare every large-scale government science or technology enterprise to the famed Manhattan Project...

November 25, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
The only two equations that you should know: Part 1

The only two equations that you should know: Part 1

“Chemistry”, declared Roger Kornberg in an interview, “is the queen of all sciences. Our best hope of applying physical principles to the world around us is at the level of chemistry.

November 20, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
The Fundamental Physics prize continues to be bad for physics.

The Fundamental Physics prize continues to be bad for physics.

The Fundamental Physics prize has again been awarded to sophisticated mathematical speculation disconnected from experimental evidence. The 2012 Fundamental Physics prize was shared among nine physicists, most of who were string theorists. String theorists continue to dominate the awardees of this year’s New Horizons and Frontiers in Physics prizes...

November 18, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Five questions that (should) keep chemists awake at night

Five questions that (should) keep chemists awake at night

It is often said that chemistry lacks “big questions” like physics and biology. But this is not entirely true. The origin of life is a quintessentially chemical problem, and it’s as big as fundamental questions can get...

November 5, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

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