Coming Down from the Link Rush
I love it when the stars align and people come pouring in from several corners of the blogosphere (or trickling, I suppose; it all depends on your perspective), though perhaps it was just spillover attention from my housemate’s friend’s fabulous book idea and not a sudden burst of appreciation for my brilliance. Regardless, I see at least three of you have just subscribed to the feed – hi! If you’re not too shy, please have a seat, introduce yourselves, put your feet up on the coffee table. All threads are open threads here, but this one is especially so.
And I have some links.
- Racism at the science museum, via the third Erase Racism carnival
- The first edition of Panta Rei, a blog carnival devoted to heat and fluids, is up at Nonoscience – why did no one tell me about this earlier? This is, like, the blog carnival most specifically tailored to my research interests ever. And it’s not in the carnival, but Arunn’s description of the differences between Free and Paid Convection is short and sweet. Hattery-tippery to See You at Enceladus
- I’m going to spraypaint this quote (from K.C. Cole in the Columbia Journalism Review) in huge letters across my office wall – or at least, I will if they ever tell me whether/where I’m moving offices:
In science, feeling confused is essential to progress. An unwillingness to feel lost, in fact, can stop creativity dead in its tracks. A mathematician once told me he thought this was the reason young mathematicians make the big discoveries. Math can be hard, he said, even for the biggest brains around. Mathematicians may spend hours just trying to figure out a line of equations. All the while, they feel dumb and inadequate. Then one day, these young mathematicians become established, become professors, acquire secretaries and offices. They don’t want to feel stupid anymore. And they stop doing great work.
- Daniel Collins on NASA’s changing mission statement: yes, they really are slighting the study of Earth. Don’t make me rhapsodize about the value of satellite data – just go read.