What Science Is — and How and Why It Works

If you cherry-pick scientific truths to serve cultural, economic, religious or political objectives, you undermine the foundations of an informed democracy. Science distinguishes itself from all other branches of human pursuit by its power to probe and understand the behavior of nature on a level that allows us to predict with accuracy, if not control,…

Rosalind Elsie Franklin (1920-­1958)

Milagros Candela. Dpto. de Genética de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, y Representación Permanente de España ante la UE El valor de su trabajo en relación con el DNA queda bien reflejado en estas palabras de Aaron Klug, premio Nobel de Quí­mica en 1982: Una buena parte de los datos en los que se basa…

The importance of stupidity in scientific research

Martin A. Schwartz Journal of Cell Science 2008 121: 1771 doi: 10.1242/jcs.033340: http://jcs.biologists.org/content/121/11/1771 PDF: http://jcs.biologists.org/content/121/11/1771.full.pdf I recently saw an old friend for the first time in many years. We had been Ph.D. students at the same time, both studying science, although in different areas. She later dropped out of graduate school, went to Harvard Law School and is…