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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:19 am 
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There is an extensive series of blogs maintained by a group in the United States, The Science Blogs. It is divided into various topics, and each has some subtopics. Lots of it is quite timely and interesting. This morning I found a piece by a bright physics graduate student, who tells us how SF got him interested in science. It's online here.

Around 1985 I flipped through an article by Gerald Holton, a prominent historian of physics. It describes a questionnaire survey of physicists' motives for making a career of that subject. The older people were influenced by the classical popular science writings of Helmholtz, Mach, Duhem, and Poincare. The younger scientists overwhelmingly reported being stimulated by SF. I wonder what a similar survey would reveal today.


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