1) Η σημασία του να είσαι πρώτος (Guardian)
Ο Ίαν ΜακΓιούαν (!) γράφει ένα εκτενές και πολύ ενδιαφέρον άρθρο για την επιστημονική έρευνα και πόση σημασία έχει η πρωτότυπη σκέψη και η καινοτομία.
To be first, to be original in science matters profoundly. Laboratories race each other to publication. Powerful passions are involved, and Nobel prizes too. To be for ever associated with a certain successful idea is a form of immortality. In longing for it, scientists demonstrate a concern for themselves as creators, as irreplaceable makers. In this we see a parallel with the fiercely individualistic world of novelists, poets, artists and composers who know in their hearts that they are utterly reliant on those who went before them. In both, we see a human face.
Αναφέρει και το πιο σημαντικό κοινό στοιχείο της επιστήμης με την τέχνη: Τη χαρά της δημιουργίας.
When Einstein found that his general theory made correct predictions for the shift in Mercury’s orbit, he felt so thrilled he had palpitations, “as if something had snapped inside. I was,” he wrote, “beside myself with joyous excitement.” This is the excitement any artist can recognise. This is the joy, not of simple description, but of creation. It is the expression, common to both the arts and science, of the somewhat grand, somewhat ignoble, all too human pursuit of originality in the face of total dependence on the achievements of others.
2) Πώς ένα post στο Reddit θα γίνει blockbuster (Wired)
Ένας τύπος ανέβασε μια ιστορία που σκάρωσε στο Reddit, η οποία έγινε πολύ δημοφιλής. Πριν περάσουν λίγες ημέρες, είχε συμφωνήσει να γράψει σενάριο για ταινία στο Χόλιγουντ.
Now, in response to The_Quiet_Earth’s question about time-traveling marines, Erwin started typing. He posted his answer in a series of comments in the thread. Within an hour, he was an online celebrity. Within three hours, a film producer had reached out to him. Within two weeks, he was offered a deal to write a movie based on his Reddit comments. Within two months, he had taken a leave from his job to become a full-time Hollywood screenwriter.
Διάβασε την ιστορία πρώτα, και μετά σκέψου.
The first thing she learned was that it could be done. “Everyone always focuses on Lorena Bobbitt because it’s the most popular. But each and every case I researched, no one died.” She read about cases in China and in Europe. “And I start seeing how to do it without actually killing him.” On June 26, she bought a package of 50 scalpels on eBay for $6.83, including shipping.
4) Τι είναι τα memes; (Smithsonian Magazine)
O Τζέιμς Γκλικ γράφει μια εξαντλητική ιστορία της ιδέας που θέλει την πληροφορία να διασπείρεται στον πληθυσμό σαν ιός.
Memes emerge in brains and travel outward, establishing beachheads on paper and celluloid and silicon and anywhere else information can go. They are not to be thought of as elementary particles but as organisms. The number three is not a meme; nor is the color blue, nor any simple thought, any more than a single nucleotide can be a gene. Memes are complex units, distinct and memorable—units with staying power.
5) Η εξαφάνιση ενός προγραμματιστή (Slate)
Ο _why ήταν ένας θρύλος στην κοινότητα των προγραμματιστών της γλώσσας Ruby, αλλά μια μέρα εξαφανίστηκε από παντού, έσβησε όλους τους online λογαριασμούς του, απέσυρε όλα του τα προγράμματα. Τι απέγινε; Και ποιος ήταν τελικά;
Shortly before his disappearance, _why admitted the ubiquity of obsolescence was getting to him. He tweeted: “programming is rather thankless. u see your works become replaced by superior ones in a year. unable to run at all in a few more.”