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Absences + Recommendations December 1, 2008

Posted by Will Thomas in Uncategorized.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday and a nasty travel/work schedule through this week (including some history of physics in industry-related interviews at 3M and Honeywell in Minneapolis-St. Paul), posting has been and will be curtailed until next week, though I am planning on working in a Hump Day History post for Wednesday.

For those who don’t regularly visit some of the sites on the blog roll, I’ll point out that the online grad student journal Hydra is up and accepting submissions.  Also, it’s been a while since I’ve plugged the Pauling Blog from the Oregon State Special Collections, which continues to impress me mightily by putting out frequent and high quality multimedia content on Linus Pauling.

Finally, there’s an interesting discussion going on in the science press that’s caught my eye.  It concerns what titles and office space mean for the status of science advisers in government.  See this article by David Goldston from the Sep. 25th Nature (subscription required), and an article by David Kramer in the Issues and Events section of December Physics Today (not yet online), featuring reaction from current presidential science adviser John Marburger, as well as reactions from several previous advisers.  It’s an interesting question with a long pedigree.




1. Kevin - December 2, 2008

Bad start from Hydra. Their post claims Lynch included Hydra as one of the “important online journals in the field” when he said no such thing.


In his post, he simply gave a list of sites he “stumbled upon.” In context:

“Following last week’s discussion of blogging within the history of science community, I’ve stumbled on a few more resources. In no particular order, here’s everything I have so far.”


2. Will Thomas - December 3, 2008

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and the proof of importance of an online journal is in the reading, I suppose. If John doesn’t mind the slip, I don’t, and hope Hydra can put together a dynamic and frequent product. Who knows, there may yet come a day when we can refer to any online journal (or blog!) as “important” and even keep a straight face while doing it.

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