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New NPR Science Blog

By January 5, 2010

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I just found out today (thanks to Sean Carroll over at Cosmic Variance)  about a relatively new blog over at NPR.org, with the curious name 13.7. The name is shorthand for our current era - 13.7 billion years after the big bang - and the blog focuses on science and culture discussions, in the thoughtful way that one would expect from NPR.

This is a group blog, consisting of a science journalist, an astrophysicist, a theoretical physicist, and two biologists, and their current discussion is a debate of the relative merits and shortcomings of reductionism in science. To what degree is it possible, or preferable, to reduce nature down to a few limited fundamental equations? Is a theory of everything possible? Is there room for, say, religion or beauty in such a universe?

Well, I certainly don't know the answer, but I love contributing to the discussion. This new blog looks like it'll have some great discussions to join in on, and I urge you to do so as well, if the interplay of science and culture is of interest to you.

And, if you're looking for some more great physics reading, check out my list of Interesting and Useful Physics Blogs. Have suggestions for blogs that aren't currently on the list? Let me know by leaving a comment.


January 6, 2010 at 10:33 am
(1) Tona Kunz says:

You should look at the blog symmetrybreaking. It is the blog for the international high-energy physics magazine symmetry. It focuses collider, astrophysics, dark matter and dark energy research as well as their associated outreach, policy and career issues. While it has a US bent, it does include research and contributors from laboratories across the globe.

January 7, 2010 at 11:05 pm
(2) physics says:

Pure negligence on my part! I’ve read Symmetry Breaking numerous times, and have linked to it often from my blog, but somehow it didn’t make it on to my list. Well that is now fixed.

January 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm
(3) Gundosvst says:

Aloha! crg

September 11, 2011 at 6:48 pm
(4) Regalos says:

I’ve always been interested in physics, but I believe in education is not taught sietemas as you should, I know Ustaria any book that was nothing more than introductory and easy to assimilate, where problems arise precisely withthe space and the universe exists not be as hard to read?

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