History · Science

“The Invention of Science: a New History of the Scientific Revolution”

This is a article about a very readable new book by David Wootton, The Invention of Science.  Copyright 2015.  This book is a history of the Scientific Revolution in the present-day context of mistrust of all science.  The book has been touted as “A groundbreaking examination of the greatest event in history, The Scientific Revolution , and how…… Continue reading “The Invention of Science: a New History of the Scientific Revolution”

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Thoughts on the loss of certainty in mathematics and science

In the middle of reading Melanie Mitchel’s book Complexity: A Guided Tour, I started thinking about all the ways mathematics has been losing the certainty it once had.  Many of these thoughts have been put into my head by my friend Frank Kelly who is a real mathematician.  Something I most definitely am not. The…… Continue reading Thoughts on the loss of certainty in mathematics and science

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“Complexity: A Guided Tour,” by Melanie Mitchell

This article is about Melanie Mitchell’s book,  Complexity: A Guided Tour.  This book is readable, understandable book about an important new subject.   This post is still in very rough shape, to say the least.  It is basically just a set of notes that I took on the book when I read it.  You might be…… Continue reading “Complexity: A Guided Tour,” by Melanie Mitchell

Physics · Science

“God Does Not Play Dice With the Universe:” Albert Einstein

This is a summary of an article in Scientific American, published on Sept 15, 2015.  The article is titled, Einstein’s Assertion That God Does Not Play Dice With the Universe has Been Misinterpreted.  The article is by George Musser. Einstein accepted that quantum mechanics was indeterministic: ie randomness and statistics rule. Actually Einstein was the one who had…… Continue reading “God Does Not Play Dice With the Universe:” Albert Einstein

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Artificial DNA: cure or catastrophe?

Review of Rewriting the Code of Life. by Michael Specter.  An article that appeared in the New Yorker of January 2, 2017. In the past few year molecular biology has been progression by leaps and bounds.  Two new  discoveries CRISPR and Gene Drive, when used in conjunction, have the capability to  alter both genes and natural evolution…… Continue reading Artificial DNA: cure or catastrophe?