Friday, May 28, 2010

A Plea To Save New Scientist - Greg Egan

"I wrote a letter to the magazine politely pointing out the relevant physics, but even in the event that this letter, or similar comments from other physics-literate readers are published, the underlying problem seems to be the editorial culture at the magazine that allows this kind of article to appear in the first place. Maybe it’s unrealistic to demand that every science writer who covers a physics story have a physics degree, but surely there’s some level of quality control that can be introduced, to ensure that claims that flatly contradict established and uncontroversial physical principles are either clearly flagged to the magazine’s readers as such, or (in cases of perpetual motion machines, magic anti-gravity devices, etc.) just not published at all."

5 out of 5

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