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The Curious Wavefunction

Musings on chemistry and the history and philosophy of science

Are physicists individualists or collectivists?

Are physicists individualists or collectivists?

Ricardo Heras has a well-written and thought provoking essay in Physics Today in which he asks whether physicists should be individualists or collectivists.

November 1, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Despair and hope on Scientific American Blogs

The last one week has been traumatic for the world of science blogging, journalism and writing. It has certainly been very painful for me, as I am sure it has been for many others, to watch someone who we all regarded as the glue that holds the science communication community together, someone who was the [...]..

October 21, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
The varieties of scientific bashing

The varieties of scientific bashing

The discussion in the comments section of a recent post on yesterday’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry reflects one of the more unseemly strains of discourse in the chemistry blog world that I have seen in a while...

October 10, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Computational chemistry wins 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

It’s always very nice to wake up and see your own professional working field win a Nobel Prize. I am very happy to note that this year’s prize in chemistry has been awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel for their development of “multiscale methods for complex systems”...

October 9, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Nobel complexity: How the Nobel prize for the Higgs can mislead

Nobel complexity: How the Nobel prize for the Higgs can mislead

The 2013 Nobel Prize for physics was awarded today to two very deserving individuals – Peter Higgs and Francois Englert. But as is rapidly turning out to be the case, the Nobel Prize – and other prizes for that matter – are finding themselves increasingly out of sync with the way science actually works these [...]..

October 8, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

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