The Curious Wavefunction
Musings on science, history, philosophy and literature
Steven Weinberg (1933-2021)
I was quite saddened to hear about the passing of Steven Weinberg, perhaps the dominant living figure from the golden age of particle physic...
Kurt Gödel's open world
Two men walking in Princeton, New Jersey on a stuffy day. One shaggy-looking with unkempt hair, avuncular, wearing a hat and suspenders, loo...
Jim Simons: "We never override the computer"
Billionaire-mathematician Jim Simons has been called the most successful investor of all time. His Renaissance Technologies hedge fund has r...
Review: James Hornfischer's "The Fleet at Flood Tide".
A superb book on the last year of the war in the Pacific Theater, full of incredible details about underappreciated leaders like Raymond Spr...
Malcolm Gladwell's "The Bomber Mafia" - Weak Tea
Just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell's new book, "The Bomber Mafia", and am sorely disappointed. It's like Gladwell has ...
The human problems with molecular modeling
Molecular modeling and computational chemistry are the neglected stepchildren of pharmaceutical and biotech research. In almost every compan...
Book review: Charles Seife’s “Hawking Hawking”
I still remember the first time I encountered “A Brief History of Time”. I must have been in high school. I marveled at the elfin-looking be...
Chandra and Johnny come close to discovering black holes
This is from Jagdish Mehra and Helmut Rechenberg's monumental "The Historical Development of Quantum Mechanics, Vol. 6, Part 2"...
"Hawking Hawking" and Michio Kaku
Two items of amusement and interest. One is a new biography of Hawking by Charles Seife, coming out tomorrow, that attempts to close the gap...
Six lessons from the biotech startup world
Having worked for a few biotech startups over the years, while I am not exactly a grizzled warrior, I have been around the block a bit and h...
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