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I’ve been thrilled at the comments I’m getting in response to my posts on Nicholaus Copernicus. See for example here. So I’ve thought of a plan to invite blog readers to join me throughout the next several months as I push through a large number of other texts like De revolutionibus. For the remainder of…

In my last post I remarked on how “radically strange–and yet strangely modern” I expected the 1543 work that kicked off the “scientific revolution” to be. Now that I’ve read the first two books of De Revolutionibus, I can say, boy was I right. This is the first of several posts about my experience of…

Over at Science Progress, I’ve been involved in putting together not one but two items timed for Darwin Day. The first is an op-ed coauthored with my prof here at Princeton, D. Graham Burnett, who teaches Darwin. We argue for historical nuance, which leads one to reject the idea that Darwin should be considered an…

Buying Books

So…it is not exactly easy to find history of science classics at your average–or even your well above average–bookstore. The class I’m officially taking here at Princeton, History 293, focuses heavily on a course packet and so doesn’t have many officially assigned books. It does have a few; they are Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle…

Maybe teenage geeks and fantasy-loving atheists have a shared faith after all? As Dylan Otto Krider reports over at the Colorado Daily, a University of Colorado postgraduate named Theo Zijderveld is making a serious argument to this effect: For the paper, Zijderveld applied the French sociologist Danil Hervieu-Lger’s four dimensions required to be considered a…

Arrival in Princeton

So…I have a new home. Just two days ago now, I arrived in Princeton, New Jersey and occupied a new apartment here, along with the fiance and the puppy. Los Angeles was a blast, and it’s somewhere I think everyone ought to try to live–but I wanted to get back to the hoary old east…

The Colbert Video, Embedded

Here it is: The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Obama’s New Science Policy – Chris Mooney Colbert Report Full EpisodesColbert Report Tickets Paul McCartney AppearanceMore Funny Videos I’ll have more to say about the whole experience in my next column….thanks to everyone who wrote in with positive words about the segment.

The Colbert Report Clip

You can watch it here. Tons of funny stuff in Colbert’s segment on science, which starts roughly at 6:15 and runs to roughly 10:45. I was on for about three minutes, and was instructed: “No monkey business. No evolution.” Of course, even though Colbert plays a rightwinger who thinks with his gut rather than his…

I have a new piece on Slate exploring precisely this question. Here’s the core of it: If the war on science is over, we’re now entering the postwar phase of reconstruction–the scientific equivalent of nation-building. The Bush science controversies were just one manifestation of a deeper and long-standing gulf between the science community and the…

Paul Z Wants A Cracker?

I’ve been offline for months, having tired of the ridiculous ramblings you flightless hominids occupy yourselves with involving God knows what. However, on that topic, the recent outbursts in and out of the blogosphere have me so perplexed, I’m inclined to give everyone involved a good bite on the nose. From a bird’s eye view,…