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Blog: As We Now Think


New Book: A History of Biophysics in Contemporary China

The publication of the first scholarly book is likened to giving birth to a first child. Springer recently delivered my firstborn–A History of Biophysics in Contemporary China–a truncated monograph from my doctoral dissertation. A History of Biophysics in Contemporary China is about the story of biophysics in twentieth-century China, which seeks to answer a general […]

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Choose at Your Own Risk

How technology is changing our choices and the values that help us make them.   You’re sitting at your desk, with the order in front of you that will enable the use of autonomous lethal robots in your upcoming battle. If you sign it, you will probably save many of your soldiers’ lives, and likely […]

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Scientists Have Feelings Too

The precarious balance between subjectivity and objectivity in science I was a scientist just a few years out of graduate school when I had a career-altering experience speaking with a man in tears at a community workshop. A large cluster of wildfires had burned through his small, close-knit northern California town, and many residents were […]

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