From Symmetry, a look at ten things you may not know about the Higgs boson. What happened before the Big Bang? Ross Andersen on the new philosophy of cosmology. Cosmologists try to explain a universe springing from nothing. Fields apart: A review of The Infinity Puzzle: Physics on the Fringe by Margaret Wertheim (and more). Bryan Gaensler takes a whirlwind tour of the fastest objects in the universe. Physics has taught us to be very cautious about our naive certainties (“that’s the way it is!”), everyday intuitions (“it must be that way!”), and commonsensical rejections (“that’s impossible!”), so when physicists come up with incredible results, what should we believe? From planets to universes: A lecture given by Martin Rees at Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday symposium (and part 2). Philip Plait on a superbly informative beginner’s guide to the galaxy. How do you show everything that has ever happened? A visualisation from the Chronozoom project takes the biggest of big data — the universe itself — and makes it manageable. A box of universe: Watch the cosmos evolve in a cube one billion light-years wide.
A new issue of the Journal of Applied Hermeneutics is out. From the latest issue of the International Journal of Conflict and Violence, a special section on youth and violence, including Josjah Kunkeler (Utrecht) and Krijn Peters (Swansea): “The Boys Are Coming to Town”: Youth, Armed Conflict and Urban Violence in Developing Countries. Once we model the connectome — the million billion points of contact between neurons in the brain — we’ll glimpse the anatomy of the mind. A review of Tejano Empire: Life on the South Texas Ranchos by Andres Tijerina. Is conservatism in crisis?: An interview with Charles Moore: “Capitalism should not be run by capitalists”. George Morelli on Christian belief and the medical establishment (and part 2). Urban-development legends: Mario Polese on how grand theories do little to revive cities. Obama to Cities — Drop Dead: An article on the life and death of a Great American Urban Policy. No parties, No banners: Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Ernesto Ganuza on the Spanish experiment with direct democracy. We're All the 1 Percent: The U.S. middle class is still incredibly wealthy by international standards.
From The Chronicle, can Wikipedia shut down universities? Wikipedia wants academics to write content, and students to fact-check articles for academic credit. Somedays Wikipedia looks like the most extravagant love letter to the humanist project, other days like the biggest ragbag of unsorted intellectual capital. Why not use this vast, untapped ocean of advertising capital to make Wikipedia a reliable, definitive, an everlastingly free resource? Wikipedia didn’t kill Encyclopedia Britannica — Windows did. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales on the end of Britannica's print version. Former Britannica editor Robert McHenry on the move that's been in the works for over two decades. Britannica is experiencing a "sales boom" after the announcement that they would cease publication of their printed editions. Representing a peak of colonial optimism before the slaughter of war, the 1910/11 edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica has acquired an almost mythic quality among collectors. Why we should celebrate the end of the Britannica’s print edition. David Bell on what we’ve lost with the demise of print encyclopedias. Joseph Bottum on the end of reference. Britannica embraces new strategy with an iPhone and iPad app.