Tell me why…

wikipediaA colleague once noted that her then teen-aged son had a complaint about the rules at his prestigious day school. Wikipedia, that on-line tool designed to make Britannica and other storied names from the days of Denis Diderot to the near present obsolete, was forbidden as a source. His complaint boiled down to, “Instead of always building Continue reading

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The Great Antidote

The Best American Science Writing 2004
Dava Sobel, Editor; Jesse Cohen, Series Editor

In high school I was a certified nerd: slide rule, binder, TI some-number-or-other in hand, 90+ on all four science Regents. Science remains a fascination and the rigor I learned is important as I read the social science and business literature where it often goes wanting. So it’s a little troubling that there’s so little of it in these virtual pages.

Part of the problem is that I am, by nature, a generalist. The history of science is populated with Continue reading