Ian Hutchinson

Ian H. Hutchinson is professor of nuclear science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His primary research interest is plasma physics and its practical applications. He and his MIT team designed, built and operate the Alcator C-Mod tokamak, an international experimental facility whose magnetically confined plasmas are prototypical of a future fusion reactor. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Cambridge University and his doctorate in engineering physics from the Australian National University. He directed the Alcator project from 1987 to 2003 and served as head of MIT’s nuclear science and engineering department from 2003 to 2009. In addition to over 200 journal articles on a variety of plasma phenomena, Hutchinson is widely known for his standard monograph on measuring plasmas: Principles of Plasma Diagnostics. For more, see Hutchinson's book Monopolizing Knowledge.

  • Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 6: Evolutionary Metaphysics

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    Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 6: Evolutionary Metaphysics | Ian Hutchinson

    Though coined in 1945, the term sociobiology exploded into public consciousness through the Pulitzer prize-winning writings of Edward O Wilson.   Read More >

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  • Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 5: Evolutionary Metaphysics

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    Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 5: Evolutionary Metaphysics | Ian Hutchinson

    It is not, I believe, Christian metaphysics that is the most important cause of suspicion of evolution. It is evolutionary metaphysics.   Read More >

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  • Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 4: Demarcation

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    Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 4: Demarcation | Ian Hutchinson

    Is there a clear enough definition or understanding of what natural science is to justify distinguishing it from non-science? Read More >

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  • Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 3: Clarity

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    Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 3: Clarity | Ian Hutchinson

    Clarity is a requirement for the expression and communication of reproducibility; so these two scientific traits are partners. T   Read More >

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  • Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 2: Reproducibility

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    Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 2: Reproducibility | Ian Hutchinson

    The knowledge that gives rise to useful technology has to be knowledge that is reproducible and gives rise to tangible effects. These are precisely the characteristics of modern scien... Read More >

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  • Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 1: Science and Scientism

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    Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 1: Science and Scientism | Ian Hutchinson

    In his new book, Ian Hutchinson engages with the world-view he calls “scientism”: “the belief that science, modeled on the natural sciences, is the only source of re... Read More >

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