Table of Contents

What Next?

Spring 2014


Editor’s Journal: And Now for Something Completely Different

Kevin Finneran

From the Hill

Administration releases FY 2015 budget request

The New Visible Hand: Understanding Today’s R&D Management

Craig Boardman

Anticipating a Luddite Revival

Stuart W. Elliott

Advances in information technology and robotics are already transforming the workplace, and even greater changes lie ahead. Here's a look at what the next two decades might bring.

Is U.S. Science in Decline?

Yu Xie

The nation's position relative to other countries is changing, but this need not be reason for alarm.

Reconstructing the View

Conservatism and Climate Science

Steven F. Hayward

Objections to liberal environmental orthodoxy have less to do with the specifics of the research or the economic interests of the fossil fuel industry than with fundamental questions about hubris and democratic values.

The Politics behind China’s Quest for Nobel Prizes

Junbo Yu

China is applying its strategy for winning Olympic gold to science policy. It may be surprised by the outcomes—but overall, the world will benefit.

A Survival Plan for the Wild Cyborg

Rinie Van Est

In order to stay human in the current intimate technological revolution, we must become high-tech people with quirky characters. Here are seven theses to nail to the door of our technological church.


Gregory Benford

Real Numbers

Book Review: The View from Nowhere

Jason Lloyd

Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology & Politics
, by
Laura Kurgan.

Book Review: Choosing a Future

Robert D. Atkinson

The Second Machine Age
, by
Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee.

Book Review: Steal This Book

Paul F. Uhlir

Open Access
, by
Peter Suber.