It turns out that the Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) made a really silly blunder in claiming with high confidence in one of its key reports that the Himalayan glaciers would disapper by 2035 if global warming continued at the present rate.
Charles Darwin, the originator of the theory of evolution, was born on 12 February 1809. Darwin's ideas changed the manner in which we looked at and understood our world. It has been one of the pillars of modern materialism and an immense resource for rationalist and progressive forces. It has, of course, underpinned much of the advances made in the bio-sciences of the past century and a half, on which are founded our medical, public health and agricultural successes.
On the 200th birth anniversary of Charles Darwin, Pragoti pays its respects to this quiet revolutionary with a short account of his work and its contemporary relevance.
This essay by American Physicist Alan Sokal was first delivered as a lecture in Socialist Scholars Conference, New York,30 March,1997.Later on it was published in EPW-Issune No.16,1998. This essay puts a strong case for the 'Universality of Science and 'Reason' when these concepts are under attack from Postmodernists and Cultural Relativists.For the left which is fighting against the caste-religion-superstition and struggling for a 'rational' world the 'scientific reason' is an effective ideological weapon.
A review of John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark and Richard York's book: Critique of Intelligent Design.
The Higgs Boson is one of the elementary particles that the newly commissioned Large Hadron Collider is expected to detect. Often referred to in the press as the "God Particle", what is it that is so special about the Higgs Boson? John Conway of the blog cosmicvariance.com gives us a brief tutorial.