Experimenting in Tongues

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

English is the global scientific language – and has been for some time. That much is obvious. What is not so obvious is why. Although Scientific Babel is presented as a history of the very idea of a global scientific language, Michael Gordin, a Princeton-based historian of 19th- and 20th-century physical sciences, is really interested […]

God in the Machine

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

The eminent theoretical physicist and Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg has written several acclaimed books on the origins of the cosmos, but now he has ventured into the foreign country of human history. Defiantly rejecting historians’ shibboleths (his term, not mine), he declares that modern science was not invented, nor did it develop in different cultures […]

A Few Nice Men

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Something strange happened on our planet recently. Bipedal primates assembled modified rocks and sand to create computers and then invented an internet to run on them. Every government wants to understand how they did it, with the self-declared alpha primates – Vladimir Putin and the Chinese dictators – anxious to make sure the next stages […]

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