- Not Exactly Rocket Science
I’ve got your missing links right here (12 October 2013)
It’s not just that Malcolm Gladwell misrepresents science; it’s that he wilfully does it & thinks that’s better. A spot-on piece by Chris Chabris. Steven Poole also joins the fracas: “‘Exploring” ideas through stories is now the preferred mode of, or replacement for, serious thought & argument.” And John Crace satirises the whole new book in a few hundred words.
A great animated explanation of what the Higgs Boson is, what it does, and why that matters. And you should definitely read Ian Sample’s great profile of Higgs, and his touching story on the moment of the discovery’s announcement: “The tears Higgs cried weren’t for what he contributed but for what his contribution had become