Peter Dizikes: Writings on Science and Society


Don't Forget About the Outer Courts

The New York Times, August 25, 2013

The Natural Experimenter

Technology Review, Jan/Feb 2013

Taking the High Road

The Boston Globe, August 3, 2013

Standing Up for Manufacturing

Technology Review, Jan/Feb 2012

The Office Next Door

Technology Review, Nov/Dec, 2011

Measure for Measure
What makes scientists productive? To find out, economists with MIT links are researching the researchers.
Technology Review, July/August 2010

Poverty's Researcher
Profile: Esther Duflo
Technology Review, Jan/Feb 2010

Science Chronicle
Four Books on Evolutionary Science
The New York Times, August 30, 2009

Visualizing Climate Change
A NASA climatologist explains why global warming is more than starving polar bears, and skeptics are simplistic.
Salon, June 1, 2009

Digging for Darwin
How many first-edition copies of On the Origin of Species still exist?
The New York Times, May 17, 2009

Cell Division
The growing blue state-red state gap over stem-cell research reveals America’s battleground states of science today.
Salon, May 11, 2009

America + China = The New G2
Why progress on climate change hinges on our relationship with just one nation: China.
Seed, April 29, 2009

Our Two Cultures
Fifty years after it appeared, people are still citing C. P. Snow’s “Two Cultures.” But what does it mean to us today?
The New York Times, March 22, 2009
Talk at Harvard's Snow Conference

Your DNA is a snitch
Today’s simple genetic tests can reveal your private nature. Just don’t expect it to stay secret.
Salon, February 17, 2009

Political Science
Review of The Art and Politics of Science, by Harold Varmus.
The New York Times, February 15, 2009

Group Thinking
Edward O. Wilson, altruism skeptic
The Boston Globe, November 10, 2008

Alaska has more oil than the Middle East?
Busting the myths about cheap and unlimited oil being broadcast by Rush Limbaugh, Jerome Corsi and other dinosaurs.
Salon, August 18, 2008

A Talk with Steve Shapin
A Harvard historian says our image of scientists is all wrong
The Boston Globe, July 6, 2008

E. Coli and You
Review of Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life, by Carl Zimmer.
The New York Times, June 29, 2008

The Meaning of the Butterfly
Why pop culture loves the “butterfly effect,” and gets it totally wrong
The Boston Globe, June 8, 2008

Joseph Needham's Grand Question
As China reemerges on the science frontier, Simon Winchester offers a vivid account of one man’s mission to illuminate its innovative past.
Seed, May/June 2008

Pure Science
Review of The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments, by George Johnson.
The New York Times, April 13, 2008

A Scientist's Career in Pictures
A Harvard postdoc strikes out on her own as a science animator but remains close to the lab.
Nature Network Boston, January 14, 2008

Nature Nurtures Learning
National movement touts benefits of outdoor education
The Boston Globe, December 31, 2007

NOVA: Judgment Day
NOVA’s “Educator’s Briefing,” accompanying the Dover trial documentary
WGBH and NOVA, November 13, 2007

The Unraveling
Review of Craig Venter’s A Life Decoded
The New York Times, November 11, 2007

City Life on the Screen
MIT researchers map cities in real time
Nature Network Boston, September 27, 2007

Genes Open New Frontier in Privacy Debate
Scientific celebrities like James Watson and Craig Venter are making their genetic information public knowledge. Will you be able to keep yours private?
The Boston Globe, September 24, 2007

Reluctance of Egg Donors Stymies Stem-Cell Efforts
A slowdown on the road to more research
The Boston Globe, June 7, 2007

Basic Theory of Matter Is Tried, Tested, and...
Scrutinizing the Standard Model of physics
The Boston Globe, May 28, 2007

Cambridge Scientists Put on a Show
Sizing up the first Cambridge Science Festival
Nature Network Boston, May 1, 2007

Author Tracks the Evolution of Darwin
Meeting the Minds: Historian of Science Janet Browne
The Boston Globe, April 23, 2007

Cramming Science Into 90-Minute Classes
Harvard and MIT ponder their science requirements
Nature Network Boston, March 14, 2007

Darwin Exhibit at the Museum of Science
A showcase of the life and work of Charles Darwin highlights the complexity of the “reluctant revolutionary” but underplays the revolution he began.
Nature Network Boston, February 21, 2007

Edward O. Wilson Sees Accord on Climate Action
The eminent biologist talks global warming
The Boston Globe, January 29, 2007

Time Warp
Science museums wonder how much of the present belongs in their future
The Boston Globe, January 1, 2007

Twilight of the Idols
Should the great-man science biography go the way of the dodo?
The New York Times, November 5, 2006

Genome Human
Review of Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code, by Matt Ridley
The New York Times, July 30, 2006

Science Chronicle
Four books about evolution, and the state of science
The New York Times, June 11, 2006

Fish, Guns, and Famine
The year’s best documentary about the animal world doesn’t feature any penguins
The Boston Globe, March 5, 2006

Galileo Groupies
The unlikely rock star of intelligent design.
Slate, February 3, 2006

Under the Microscope
Recent revelations of fraud have caused some editors of scientific journals to rethink their responsibilities. But can journal editors be muckrakers?
The Boston Globe, January 22, 2006

Miracles of Science
Q&A with science writer Alan Lightman
The Boston Globe, November 27, 2005

Across the Universe
Physicist Lisa Randall talks about hidden dimensions—and the importance of visible women in the field
The Boston Globe, September 4, 2005

A Real Monkey Trial
Kansas’ religious right tries to bring God into the science classroom—again.
Salon, May 13, 2005

Evolutionary War
In the ongoing struggle between evolution and creationism, says philosopher of science Michael Ruse, Darwinians may be their own worst enemy
The Boston Globe, May 1, 2005

Picturing Einstein
Why the iconic images of Albert Einstein as an aging, eccentric genius distort our understanding not only of the scientist, but of science itself
The Boston Globe, March 20, 2005

Outside the Box
Does innovative lab architecture lead to more innovative science?
The Boston Globe, May 9, 2004

AOL, Time Warner, and the Sorry State of a Union
Review of There Must be a Pony in Here Somewhere, by Kara Swisher with Lisa Dickey.
The Washington Post, December 26, 2003

Word for Word on the Web, Isaac Newton's Secret Musings
A look at The Newton Project.
The New York Times, June 12, 2003

Xerox PARC: On the Money Trail
Famed Lab Looks for Profits in Research, November 11, 2002

Cleaner Cars: Easy To Make, Or A Pipe Dream?
Will California Auto Emissions Rule Affect the Entire Country?, November 6, 2002

New Nuclear Plants: Promise or Problems?
Next-Generation Nuclear Technology Hits Stumbling Block, September 9, 2002

Energy Trading: Out of Power?
After Enron, Energy Traders Fade; Do They Help or Hurt Consumers?, June 20, 2002

Why People Lose Their Life Savings
Behaviorial Economists Say They Know, Febuary 13, 2002

No Business Like Shark Business
What Sound Does a Shark Make? How About: Ka-Ching!, August 31, 2001

Californians Cut Back on Energy Consumption
Consumers Have Lowered Energy Use — Why?, August 24, 2001

Workplace Special, Part 2: Technology's Productivity Paradox
Workers Newly Enabled — But Not Necessarily to Work, May 2, 2001

Workplace Special, Part 1: the Productivity Debate
If Technology Enhances Efficiency, Why Aren’t We Working Less?, May 2, 2001


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Don't Forget About the Outer Courts
The New York Times, August 25, 2013


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