Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

The last of our grandchildren departed this morning - it was wonderful having everyone staying.

Fascinating article by Freeman Dyson in Science, comparing Khunian paradigm-shifts and the approach studied by Peter Galison in Image and Logic, suggesting the much scientific progress is driven by improved tools.  Dyson concludes that "We are standing now as we stood in the 1950s, between a Kuhnian dream of sudden illumination and a Galisonian reality of laborious exploring. On one side are string theory and speculations about multiverses; on the other are all-sky surveys and observations of real black holes. The balance today is more even than it was in the 1950s. String theory is a far more promising venture than Einstein's unified field theory. Kuhn and Galison are running neck and neck in the race for glory. We are lucky to live in a time when both are going strong."

Delighted that Miranda was the most watched TV show in the UK over the Christmas period. It is tremendous how she has transformed the culture of comedy trumping the dreadfully negative tone of most of them. Her book has also been selling excellently.

Let us hope and pray that 2013 will be a year of great progress, spiritually (I have very high hopes of Justin Welby) and scientifically.

PS: I see that Miranda came 3rd in a YouGov poll of who was the best Actress on TV in 2012, and this was taken before the Christmas Call the Midwife and Mirdanda episodes. She "lost out" to Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Judi Dench, and indeed in the 25-39 age range she narrowly beat them!

It's also encouraging to see this exchange with Steven Hill on the Comment section of the Telegraph.

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