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Why do the majority of people never get cancer?

http://www.physorg.com/news151840958.html A highly productive scientific career of over 60 years might lead you to reflect on longevity. Maybe that is what George Klein to ask a very interesting question. Every year, millions of people are diagnosed with cancer – a … Continue reading

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The genesis of ‘gene’

Chance in the house of fate (A natural history of heredity) by Jennifer G. Ackerman (Bloomsbury, 2001) is a slightly frustrating popular science book. As you might infer from the title, the author is rather prone to purple prose. She … Continue reading

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how to do science and religion

Wellington Grey provides these helpful flowcharts. [embedded image removed at request of author..]

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What are words worth?

The novelist Jonathan Lethem has written produced a long essay for Harper’s entitled ‘The Ecstasy of Influence. Where he passionately celebrates the debt artists pay to their predecessors and decries the corporate over-enclosure of what should by now be the … Continue reading

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marvels and mysteries

‘The world of the living contains enough marvels and mysteries as it is – marvels and mysteries acting upon our emotions and intelligence in ways so inexplicable that it would almost justify the conception of life as an enchanted state. … Continue reading

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July 2004 Reading List

Heres’ what I read in July: Quicksilver – Neal Stephenson Truly monumental, the first 900 pages of his 3 tome Baroque Cycle. Vagabonds, spys and savants swash & buckle, philosophick & politick their way through the Northern Europe of 1660’s … Continue reading

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March Reading List

Monstrous Regiment – Terry Pratchett TP takes on war, the military and misogyny on his own terms and after his own now famous style. The setting is of course Discworld and the technology of the day, is approximately C18 in … Continue reading

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Dream Science – Thomas Palmer

Obscure-ish, out of print novel of the supernatural (publishers designation not mine).. got it on the flimsiest of recommendations.. a contributor to this list liked a lot of my favourites and raved about palmer so figured it might be my … Continue reading

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