From NYRB, Steven Weinberg on the crisis of Big Science. From Swans, Michael Barker on the life and controversies of Henry Fairfield Osborn, president of the American Museum of Natural History and president of the AAAS, in his day, "second only to Albert Einstein as the most popular and well-known scientist in America" (and part 2). The uses of the past: Why science writers should care about the history of science — and why scientists should too. From TNR, Philip Kitcher on the trouble with scientism: Why history and the humanities are also a form of knowledge. Ed Yong on every scientists-versus-journalists debate ever, in one diagram. How scientists broke through the paywall and made their articles available to (almost) everyone. An interview with Michael Nielsen, author of Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science. Social networking site ResearchGate — where scientists can answer one another’s questions, share papers and find collaborators — is rapidly gaining popularity. The first chapter from Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine by Elizabeth Popp Berman. This why we invest in science — this.

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