Tag: english

Eating Animals

What do we teach our kids while we raise them? In two words: double standards. We call them compromises, but in reality we are talking about double standards. The story of the book “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer is…

How not to measure scientific productivity

Ever since funding agencies started demanding some way to measure a return on their investment, administrators have been coming up with ways to measure scientists’ performance. And scientists have been coming up with ways to maximize their value under any…

The Pragmatic Programmer

This is a book that starts a bit boring but becomes very interesting and extremely useful at the end. This will be a must read for my students.

The First Human

One would not expect that someone could write a thriller about boring scientists. I enjoyed this book a lot. Not only because of its documentary thriller style but also because I learned tremendously about where I come from.

The Photograph: Composition & Color Design

This is the most complete book on photographic composition that you will find. It is a boring book to read throughout, but excellent to use as a dictionary of composition. A lot of photos to illustrate the points in the…

Annie Leibovitz at Work

This book was a very pleasant surprise. A book filled with nice photos, and in addition with wonderful text by the photographer to accompany the photos. Annie Leibovitz does magic when it comes to portraits of celebrities, and portraits in…

Animal Farm

This was for me an animated version of not only the communist revolution, but also the Islamic revolution in Iran, which I witnessed personally during my teens. I was always amazed by how closely the events in this book mirrored…

Meet the people who want Julian Assange “whacked”

“Why can’t we act forcefully against WikiLeaks?” asked neoconservative Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol earlier this week. “Why can’t we use our various assets to harass, snatch or neutralize Julian Assange and his collaborators, wherever they are? Why can’t we…

A trip through the peer review sausage grinder

To sum up, peer review works well as a minimal gatekeeper for scientific publishing. Researchers who have good work rejected can simply try again without too high a cost. Bad papers make it through, but generally sink without a trace…

PLoS Medicine: Why Most Published Research Findings Are False

There is increasing concern that most current published research findings are false. The probability that a research claim is true may depend on study power and bias, the number of other studies on the same question, and, importantly, the ratio…