Obama on Science

As you have no doubt seen by now, if you read any of the other blogs on ScienceBlogs, the Science Debate 2008 group has gotten Barack Obama to answer their 14 questions on science issues. John McCain has apparently promised answers at some point in the future. The answers are, well, pretty much what you […]

links for 2008-08-31

Philosoraptor "John McCain has revealed that his apparent choice of Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running-mate was, as many observers predicted, a carefully-staged hoax." (tags: US politics stupid blogs silly)

The Greatest Physicists

Over at Built om Facts, Matt is working toward a Tope Ten list of physicists. He says the top three are obvious, but he’s soliciting nominations for the rest. Back in the early days of this blog, I ran a poll for the greatest experiment in physics, and there are worse places to start. Newton […]

links for 2008-08-30

Tor.com / Science fiction and fantasy / Stories / Shade by Steven Gould Teleporteurs sans frontieres. (tags: SF stories) Search Magazine – On God P.J. O’Rourke does his best Gregg Easterbrook impression. (tags: science religion stupid) Built on Facts : Falling from Heaven " If my opinion is worth anything though, I think classic literature […]

Convention Blogging, Physics Style

Well, OK, there aren’t any graphs, so it’s not real Physics Style, but Physics Today has been blogging the Democratic National Convention, talking in detail about the science content. Start with this post, and move forward in time. They apparently have somebody lined up to file reports from the Republican convention next week, as well. […]

Babies Are Quantized

As anybody who has studied Quantum Optics knows, correlation functions play a very large role in our understanding of the behavior of light. Roughly speaking, the correlation function tells you how likely you are to detect a second photon some short time after detecting one photon from some source. This shows up in the famous […]


I departed from my policy of getting convention news only via Daily Show reruns last night, and watched Obama’s big acceptance speech. You can find substantive commentary elsewhere, and endless reams of wankery about whether he did what he “needed” to do, blah, blah, blah. My main thought watching it was “Boy, it would sure […]

links for 2008-08-29

Shtetl-Optimized » Blog Archive » Can we? "I’d like propose the following question: what non-obvious things can nerds who are so inclined do to help the Democrats win in November? " (tags: politics US society culture computing internet) I Watched This On Purpose: Bio-Dome | The A.V. Club "Bio-Dome doesn’t exist to please critics or […]

Best. Referee Report. EVER.: The Making of “Time-Resolved Studies of Ultracold Ionizing Collisions” (part 2)

I said in the previous post that the time-resolved collision paper was one of my favorite experiences in grad school, even the paper-writing process. It’s not so much that the paper-writing process was all that exceptionally good– it was the usual “paper torture,” arguing over every single word in an effort to fit everything into […]

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