Truth in stereotypes
Social scientists dismiss them, but rather than being universally inaccurate, stereotypes are often grounded in reality
Why is simpler better?
Ockham’s Razor says that simplicity is a scientific virtue, but justifying this philosophically is strangely elusive
Great theories can spend decades waiting for verification. Failed theories do too. Is there any way to tell them apart?
The cold fusion horizon
Is cold fusion truly impossible, or is it just that no respectable scientist can risk their reputation working on it?
Science is not a ‘body of knowledge’ – it’s a dynamic, ongoing reconfiguration of knowledge and must be free to change
Why things happen
Either cause and effect are the very glue of the cosmos, or they are a naive illusion due to insufficient math. But which?
In the beginning
Cosmology has been on a long, hot streak, racking up one imaginative and scientific triumph after another. Is it over?
It seemed Darwin had banished biological essences – yet evolution would fail without nature’s library of Platonic forms
Too many worlds
Nobody knows what happens inside quantum experiments. So why are some so keen to believe in parallel universes?