Peter Dizikes: Writings on Science and Society


Don't Forget About the Outer Courts

The New York Times, August 25, 2013

Taking the High Road

The Boston Globe, August 3, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Peter Dizikes: Writings on Science and Society


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


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