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Third Thoughts

The Universe We Still Don’t Know

  • Preface
  • I. Science History
    • 1. The Uses of Astronomy
    • 2. The Art of Discovery
    • 3. From Rutherford to the LHC
    • 4. Educators and Academics, Underground in Texas
    • 5. The Rise of the Standard Models
    • 6. Long Times and Short Times
    • 7. Keeping an Eye on the Present—Whig History of Science
    • 8. The Whig History of Science: An Exchange
  • II. Physics and Cosmology
    • 9. What Is an Elementary Particle?
    • 10. The Universe We Still Don’t Know
    • 11. Varieties of Symmetry
    • 12. The Higgs, and Beyond
    • 13. Why the Higgs?
    • 14. The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics
  • III. Public Matters
    • 15. Obama Gets Space Funding Right
    • 16. The Crisis of Big Science
    • 17. Liberal Disappointment
    • 18. Keep Loopholes Open
    • 19. Against Manned Space Flight
    • 20. Skeptics and Scientists
  • IV. Personal Matters
    • 21. Change Course
    • 22. Writing about Science
    • 23. On Being Wrong
    • 24. The Craft of Science, and the Craft of Art
    • 25. New York to Austin, and Return
  • Sources
  • Index

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