Friday, 13 August 2004

Why I love Bob Park

Bob who, you say? That is a shame.

Bob Park is a University of Maryland physicst, publicist of the American Physical Society, and author of Voodoo Science: The Road From Foolishness to Fraud. In addition to being one of the clearest thinkers on the politics of science it has ever been my pleasure to read, he is also one of the best sarcastic writers alive today.

Take, for example, the current edition of What's New, his weekly APS newsletter. In one article, he takes humorous bites at topics as wide-ranging as the thermodynamics diet, astrobots, computer disks missing on paper, lazy monkeys, and newks.

(If you have trouble following item #2, I suggest reading the 7 Feb. 2003 issue — published in the wake of the Columbia tragedy. The man has no fear.)

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