Thursday, July 24, 2008
Nature is running a special issue on China this week, and there are a bunch of interesting articles. The introductory editorial summarizes some of the other pieces and notes, interestingly, that there might be a growing tension between science and China's political realities. Also have a look at the essay, "China: The end of the science superpowers", which argues the rise of China heralds not only the eclipse of the United States' dominance in science, but the eclipse of scientific superpowers generally. Interesting, stimulating and immensely exciting stuff - China certainly promises to contribute enormously to our understanding of the universe.