Elsewhere in the blogosphere, someone commented on the awfulness of a physics program made by the History channel, which apparently misled the public into thinking string theory and parallel universes have been experimentally verified, and emphasized the most sensational aspects of those theories. More comments here. I guess some kind of public exposure is better than nothing, though. After all, most string theorists hope their research will be validated at some point.
In terms of public exposure, few publications can beat The Economist, which is bravely continuing through its series of management ideas with the concept of game theory. I also enjoyed the profiles of Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Peter Drucker. The short article on economies of scale was also interesting.
Economies of scale are indeed a key component of the research Paul Krugman received the Nobel Prize for. The Economist article mentions: "In a 1991 article, he notes that night-time satellite photos of Europe reveal the distinctive contours of economic activity: bright lights cluster around metropolitan centres, shining particularly brightly around the triangle of Brussels, Amsterdam and Dortmund." Krugman's idea of new economic geography, which he describes in his blog, echoes some of the studies in Richard Florida's latest book, "Who's Your City?"