Interview: Massimo Pigliucci


I went to hear Massimo Pigliucci at SUNY Ulster on May 5th (2012. He was promoting his book, "Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk." It's full of lucid examples from the borderlands of science and pseudo-science, and a lot of fun to read. The talk included a funny and useful slideshow. He presented some remarkable (and challenging) points about the methods we use to determine the validity of what we read and hear.

Afterwards, I was able to tag along for drinks with Massimo and three teachers, and we had a jolly time until 10 pm, when the bar cranked up the Stones (for Cinco de Mayo), and I fled the noise.

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What Kindle Can't Do

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In 1936, the publishers of The Dolphin: A Journal of the Making of Books, began work on “A History of the Printed Book.”

They commissioned essays. They sent staff into the cauldron of pre-war Europe to rescue woodblocks, copperplates, etchings, and examples. They were convinced that books would always exist, and felt an obligation to document the original materials and methods, and the talented artisans, who invented and perfected printing.

The result is a richly illustrated and uniquely detailed history, written by scholars.

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