Pulling back the curtain on conferences

Books | The motivations and machinations of the gatherings of scientists
by Jeremy J. Baumberg
Posted 10/12/19, 11:41 am

Before I made the good decision to give up tenure I went to academic conferences in history, journalism, and sociology that were both fluffy and petty. I thought conferences of biologists, chemists, and physicists—folks dealing with hard realities—must be much better. Not so, according to University of Cambridge scientist Jeremy J. Baumberg.

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Books about the past

by Susan Olasky
Posted 10/10/19, 01:05 pm

The Secrets We Kept

Lara Prescott

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Counting the minutes

Books | And pondering eternity
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/10/19, 01:01 pm

In This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom (Pantheon, 2019), Martin Hägglund understandably writes, “The thought of my own death, and the death of everything I love, is utterly painful. I do not want to die, since I want to sustain my life and the life of what I love.” But he then writes, “At the same time, I do not want my life to be eternal. An eternal life is not only unattainable but also undesirable, since it would eliminate the care and passion that animate my life.”

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