Some Reading

By Mark Trodden | January 14, 2009 2:37 pm

I’ve spent the last week or so making my big move; dealing with movers and our new apartment, getting the inevitable administrative details of a new department dealt with, and trying to make sure my graduate students are settled. Consequently, I haven’t been posting. I have, however, been reading here and there, and thought that, in lieu of a full post, I’d drop in some links to some of the things that caught my eye:

In celebration of Darwin’s bicentennial, The Guardian is publishing abridged extracts from the first edition of “On the Origin of Species”

Writing in Salon, Nancy Goldstein let’s Obama have it for thinking that inviting Gene Robinson to play a role in the inauguration makes up for the insult of having Rick Warren there. One prominent gay bishop doesn’t cancel out choosing a bigot.

In February, Comet Lulin will pass close enough to Earth to be visible with the naked eye.

The Canadian Light Source synchrotron is getting a Sci-Fi writer in residence.

The English take on Galileo

There’s also apparently something big going on in Washington next week, and while it isn’t clear what it’ll mean for the role of science, at least the initial quotes are good.

Well, I’m off to work on a talk I’m giving in Aspen, at a conference I’ll tell you about soon.


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About Mark Trodden

Mark Trodden holds the Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Endowed Chair in Physics and is co-director of the Center for Particle Cosmology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a theoretical physicist working on particle physics and gravity— in particular on the roles they play in the evolution and structure of the universe. When asked for a short phrase to describe his research area, he says he is a particle cosmologist.


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