Monthly Archives: July 2012

It’s All Geek to Me: Science and Skepticism

I first bought Mark Henderson’s The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters with a feeling of trepidation – the title, the bright orange fist-depicting cover, and the blurb’s list of ‘crimes’ committed in Britain by scientific ignorance all suggested to me … Continue reading

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Astronomy – The Star of Popular Science?

I’ll start with a confession – despite being an ex-student of physics, I don’t find astronomy that interesting.  I’m sorry, but there it is.  I’m not quite sure why, and I have sought a psychiatric explanation, but until the results … Continue reading

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Eureka Press Conferences: What the Higgs discovery tells us about ‘discoveries’

Consider an ancient example of a ‘discovery story’.  Allegedly, the Greek mathematician Archimedes hit upon his famous principle while taking a bath.  On the strike of inspiration, the ever-so-hygienic thinker leapt out of the water with a shout of ‘Eureka!’ … Continue reading

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