The Ecology of Big Science

September 11, 2016 Mbeljac 0

The interface and interlinkages between science and society has long been of especial interest to me, and much on the topic has been written since the 1960s. For example, work on the different attitudes of physicists and computer scientists toward ballistic missile defence, on the development of the navigation systems […]

The K-N-11 and THAAD: Sleepwalking Toward Catastrophe in Korea.

September 4, 2016 Mbeljac 0

North Korea recently (August 24) conducted a test of the K-N-11, solid fuelled, submarine launched ballistic missile. There are a number of issues worth reflecting upon in light of the test, but I shall restrict myself here to its possible implications for Ballistic Missile Defense. Toward that end excellent discussion […]

Climate Science and Nuclear Strategy

August 16, 2016 Mbeljac 0

There is a good article with much food for thought in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on the climatic impacts of nuclear exchanges by William Ossoff, a budding young scholar. The article opens by saying, Improvements in climate modeling have provided greater insights into the long-term consequences of nuclear […]

The Nebula and the Swamp: Just Responses to Terrorism

August 5, 2016 Mbeljac 0

Ramzi Kassem, of the City University of New York, has a splendid oped in The New York Times on France, the state of emergency and terrorism. It is well worth reading, and thinking about. Gilles Kepel in a work on jihadi groups in Egypt, written not long after the assassination […]

The Structure of Mathematical Revolutions

August 1, 2016 Mbeljac 0

Discussion of Kuhn’s account of scientific revolutions often focuses on the physical sciences, which is unsurprising given that Kuhn was a physicist by training. I have also felt that this physics based focus also is a reflection of how physics has become the king of the sciences. The modern world […]