Archive for May, 2014

What’s in a Gift Horse?

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Two quite distinct sources in my news and info feed coincidentally raised the issue of looking askance at philanthropy at the same time this week.

On May 11 Nassif Ghoussoub’s ‘Piece of Mind’ on the dark side of philanthropy addresses the issue of possible undue influence by donors on research directions in the higher academic world, and one day later Benjamin Soskis at ‘The Atlantic’ writes about the importance of criticizing philanthropy in the context of K-12 education “reform”.

Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dorothy Hodgkin honoured – Telegraph

Monday, May 12th, 2014

It’s nice to see Google continuing to honour female figures in science.

Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dorothy Hodgkin is the latest such, and it is no adverse reflection on Dr Hodgkins that her status as the only female British Nobel Prize winner might have been taken a couple of years earlier by another British female crystallographer, Rosalind Franklin, but for the rampant and unrepentant vivism of the Nobel committee and the unfortunate early death of Dr Franklin (who would have surely taken the place of Maurice Wilkins in 1962 had she not died at the young age of 38 – just 4 years before the DNA structure was acknowledged).

Critical Economics Goes Viral

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

There’s been plenty of critical analysis of modern capitalism especially since after the latest crash so the I am curious to see why Thomas Piketty’s version is getting so much attention.