I find I often like TierneyLab, which is John Tierney’s blog on science issues via the NY Times web site. Today (from Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds’s blog) I linked to a Tierney article on Freeman Dyson, a noted nuclear physicist– worked at Los Alamos, then Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Studies. Dyson’s biography Disturbing the Universe was very interesting. And so is the Tierney article, entitled “Tragedy is not Freeman Dyson’s Business”:
“Nicholas Dawidoff’s article about Freeman Dyson in the Times Magazine nicely captures Mr. Dyson’s independent spirit as well as a couple of other appealing traits: humanism and optimism. While so many other scientists and intellectuals fret about humans ruining the planet — and some even revel in fantasies about a world free of our pernicious presence — Mr. Dyson has long had faith in humans’ ability to deal with problems like nuclear weapons and global warming.”
It was first of all surprising that the NYT Magazine published a long, favorable article on Dyson, who has strongly criticized climate change alarmism. The full TierneyLab piece can be found here. Maybe the Times is ready to change course on some science policy issues? I certainly hope so.