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The Case for Hard-Core Lab Lit

The novels on the Lab Lit List share two defining characteristics: (1) a realistic scientist as either the main character or a character central to the storyline, who (2) is pursuing realistic scientific work. The one-word and one-sentence descriptions of the titles on the List make it clear that lab lit novels are independent of […]

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The Peculiar Logic of Scientific Knowledge

Understanding the role of negative results is crucial to an intelligent appreciation and application of scientific knowledge.  The amount of mischief caused by the belief that science can “prove” the truth of some statement has been incalculable, as the role of science in public policy has increased in recent decades.  No conclusion drawn from scientific […]

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