Where do all the socks go?

Colourful socks

Image source: USDA ARS via Wikimedia Commons

(Everyone is familiar with losing socks.  No matter how careful you are, or more precisely how careful you think you are, socks inexorably disappear.  Scientists have the same problem.  Or rather, in addition to the sock problem, scientists have a related problem: the disappearing book problem.  Typically, we don’t have a lot of books compared to scholars in the humanities, but the ones we have decrease in number over time.  I was thinking about this recently when I was asked to write a book review, and I enclose that review for Physics in Canada directly below.  Some of it is a little technical, for which I apologize for this forum, and heads up as well for a private joke: my PhD supervisor was Rashmi.) (more…)

Blog authors are solely responsible for the content of the blogs listed in the directory. Neither the content of these blogs, nor the links to other web sites, are screened, approved, reviewed or endorsed by McGill University. The text and other material on these blogs are the opinion of the specific author and are not statements of advice, opinion, or information of McGill.