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Albert Einstein
A pretty experiment is in itself often more valuable than twenty formulae extracted from our minds.


Odds Are, It's Wrong
by Tom Siegfried

The “scientific method” of testing hypotheses by statistical analysis stands on a flimsy foundation. As a result, countless conclusions in the scientific literature are erroneous, and tests of medical dangers or treatments are often contradictory and confusing. (Article from Science News) Also see the longer Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture.


Inventing Reality: Physics as Language
by Bruce Gregory

Physicists use a very precise language, and this precision gives us an opportunity to see more clearly than is otherwise possible just how much of what we find in the world is the result of the way we talk about the world. (full text pdf)


Probability, Determinism, and Free Will
by Judith V. Grabiner

Statistical reasoning and the use of probability to make predictions about nature exemplify the way developments in mathematics and science can both pose philosophical questions and help illuminate their possible answers.


Physics Quotes
Quotes by physicists and/or on physics-related subjects.

Foldit: Solve Puzzles For Science
Knowing the structure of a protein is key to understanding how it works and to targeting it with drugs. Figuring out which of the many, many possible structures is the best one is regarded as one of the hardest problems in biology today and current methods take a lot of money and time, even for computers. Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of humans' puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively to fold the best proteins.


Michael McIntyre's home page
The ideas of Cambridge atmospheric scientist Michael McIntyre, Emeritus Professor, Centre for Atmospheric Science at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, with reference to "the unimaginably large number of ways for complex systems to go wrong."