Some Quick Links to Interesting Reads

In my class this semester, we’ve had occasion to discuss sustainability. I’ve recently run across two articles that highlight some of the issues here:

First off, an article about the perceived trade-offs between progress in our living standards and maintaining the environment…are the trade-offs as stark as some would suggest?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/the-environments-getting-worse-yet-humanitys-doing-better-than-ever-what-gives/2012/04/22/gIQATEW6ZT_blog.html

And then, a great blog post about the limits of growth as an economic strategy…the physical limits that is:

http://physics.ucsd.edu/do-the-math/2012/04/economist-meets-physicist/

This latter article highlights something that has bugged me for a while: the lack of any reference to physical constraints in standard models of economics (at least those that I’m aware of).

Also, I just returned from a very nice trip to the University of North Carolina – Charlotte (UNCC). I met with Dr. Greg Gbur, who’s blog I have now added to my increasingly alarming blog addiction. The blog is

http://skullsinthestars.com/

Check it out! It’s an excellent mix of science, history, and fiction. I particularly enjoyed the following post on the many failed atomic models that preceded Niels Bohr’s:

http://skullsinthestars.com/2008/05/27/the-gallery-of-failed-atomic-models-1903-1913/

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