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There’s an excellent article by Michel Berube about the Sokal hoax, fifteen years later, entitled The Science Wars Redux.
The latest Notices of the AMS has a review of the recent Yau-Nadis book by Nigel Hitchin (for my take, see here).
My colleague Brian Greene has a new book coming out soon, The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos. I haven’t seen a copy, but from what I can gather, it looks like it is probably the best of the many books about “multiverse” ideas, but still not exactly my cup of tea. If you’re interested in the “multiverse” and want to read a popular level exposition, you should try this one. But you should also pay attention and see if there’s any experimental evidence (or reasonable hope of getting some) for the ideas being discussed. The book has very extensive more technical notes, and the Amazon site gives access to these. Brian also has an Op-Ed piece in today’s New York Times drawn from the book, about the fact that in an accelerating universe, in the distant future less and less will be visible.
It seems that there recently was a Physics of the Universe Summit, along the lines of last year’s (see here). There’s a web-site here, but about all you tell without a password is that the participants were staying at a very trendy hotel in West Hollywood.
A film has been made about the geometer Shiing-shen Chern. The title is “Taking the Long View” and there’s a web-site here.
Update: Two more.
XKCD on extra dimensions.
Matthew Chalmers has an interesting new article at Physics World entitled Reality check at the LHC.
Update: There’s a review of the new Brian Greene book by George Ellis at Nature this week. It emphasizes the problem of lack of testability.
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