Category Archives: Science

Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Ageless Generation: How Advances in Biomedicine Will Transform the Global Economy”


The Ageless Generation: How Advances in Biomedicine Will Transform the Global Economy. By Alex Zhavoronkov. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. This is a fascinating book and overall Alex Zhavoronkov is to be commended for putting it together. It is also … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Pseudo-Science Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe”


The Pseudo-Science Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe. By Michael D. Gordin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. Introduction, acknowledgments, abbreviations and archives, illustrations, notes, index. 291 pp. ISBN: 978-0-226-30442-6. Hardcover with dustjacket, $29.00 USD. Virtually … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Science Talk: Changing Notions of Science in American Culture”


Science Talk: Changing Notions of Science in American Culture. By Daniel Patrick Thurs. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2007, paperback reprint 2008. Vii + 237 pgs., acknowledgments, introduction, notes, index. ISBN: 978-0-8135-4420-5, $27.95 paperback. Science is one element of … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Apollo’s Eye: A Cartographic Genealogy of the Earth in the Western Imagination”


Apollo’s Eye: A Cartographic Genealogy of the Earth in the Western Imagination. By Denis Cosgrove. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. Astronaut Joseph Allen recently made the observation that exploring the Moon in the 1960s was never really about … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Debunked! ESP, Telekinesis, and other Pseudoscience”


Debunked! ESP, Telekinesis, and other Pseudoscience. By Georges Charpak and Henri Broch. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002. Georges Charpak received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1992. His friend and colleague, Henri Broch, is not a Nobel Laureate … Continue reading

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Announcement: Lecture on “Exoplanets and the Real Search for Alien Life” by Sara Seager


For those in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 2014, please consider attending the National Research Council’s Space Science Week free public lecture. “Exoplanets and the Real Search for Alien Life” by Sara Seager Professor of Planetary Science and Physics, MIT … Continue reading

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Re-Direct: Phil Plait’s “The Very, Very Thin Wedge of Denial”


Phil Plait, creator of the “Bad Astronomy” website and outstanding science defender, has published an interesting article on the Slate.com website. “The Very, Very Thin Wedge of Denial” may be found here. The final paragraph is important: “The basic science … Continue reading

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Tooting My Own Horn: One of My Articles is on ScienceDirect as One of the Most Downloaded Articles


I received in the e-mail recently notification that my article, “Why Go to the Moon?The Many Faces of Lunar Policy,” was one of the top twenty-five most downloaded articles from Acta Astronautica 70 (January–February 2012): 165–75, the journal where it appeared. … Continue reading

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The Individual and the Possibility of Aviation Innovation


For the twentieth century no set of technological innovations are more intriguing than those associated with aviation. The compelling nature of flight, and the activity that it has engendered on the part of many peoples and governments, makes the development … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Eugenics and the Nature-Nurture Debate in the Twentieth Century”


Eugenics and the Nature-Nurture Debate in the Twentieth Century. By Aaron Gillette. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. In the early twentieth century a convergence of ideas swirling around sociobiology, evolutionary psychology, and eugenics led to an argument that heredity had … Continue reading

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