Tag Archives: history of science

reading: current New Yorker

The current New Yorker (2008/5/12) is chock-full of good stuff:

* Malcolm Gladwell, In the Air, New Yorker. link from MC on closed mailing list

Invention is part of zeitgeist. Many people come up with the same ideas at the same moment — true in her field, my partner says, and it looks true from any study of the history of science.

Also I liked the section toward the end about how the practice of naming discoveries after the putative discoverer is silly at best.

* Tim Wu, Fan Feud, covering the J.K. Rowling / lexicon suit and hearing.

* covering NIN’s decision to release their new album for free on their website