By Robert L. Weber
There has been an electron in gold
Who stated, 'Shall I do as i am told?
Shall I snuggle down tight
With a quick flash of light
Or be Auger open air within the cold?' (Arthur Snell, Fluorescent yield)
"This isn't really correct. this is not even wrong." Wolfgang Pauli, on a paper of a physicist colleague
Tour of pleasant Science:
Such stimulating travel of witty and interesting tales, stories, biographies, poetry, vocabulary and quotations with humorous drawings and caricatures invoking clean air for a brain longing for a calming therapeutic massage of humor and a reassuring message whispering that smart scientists could be nice enjoyable!
The really good assortment appears like a espresso desk publication of technology delights, yet for an skilled sampler, "When does jam turns into marmalade," is going past such adjustments of beer and lager to a tradition hole which Kipling's assertion on East and West couldn't console.
While philology isn't really heavily on the topic of average sciences, the Croatian Academy of Sciences and humanities claims its unique goals was once to "care for the learn of language and literature". A convention word list knowledgeable me at the internal which means of scientists' papers discussions. 'The physics phrases made effortless' cheered me up much, listed here are chosen few:
Conic part: humorous paper, Cosine: the other of cease signal, flux: earlier participle of the verb 'to flex', Harmonic functionality: live performance, Hypotenuse: Animal like rhinoceros yet without horn on nostril, general resolution: the inaccurate resolution, statistical correlation: 36-22-35, and, Watt: will you please repeat that remark.
Promoting educational Research:
Being severe of clinical examine is comprehensible, but if it comes from researchers it really is regularly humorous sarcasm, and this publication was once now not wanting matters; In safety of natural learn, American Institute of lifeless learn, What do physicist do?, Pneumatic scan, How a theoretical physicist works, Researcher prayer, ...
In end, a researcher's prayer:
May be tips to convince readers of technology, with PhD and MS incumbents to learn this wonderful anthology comes from the lawsuits of the chemical society files, pray!
"Grant, oh God, thy benedictions
On my theory's predictions
Lest the evidence, whilst verified,
exhibit Thy servant to have lied.
May they make me B.Sc.,
A Ph.D. and then
A D.Sc., and F.R.S.,
A time Obit. Amen
My e-book Review:
A region of a century after its booklet, this assortment continues to be brisk Like clean air. because the researcher's prayer, the Fisherman's prayer, expresses it top for me, "God provide me energy to seize a fish, So huge that even I, whilst telling of it in a while, could by no means have to lie." This publication is that magical fish!
In Summa, a philosopher's observation:
"Scientists lively by means of the aim of proving that they're purposeless are an engaging topic of study." Alfred N. Whitehead, The functionality of cause
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I have actually been afraid the engines would fly to pieces, and the house come down upon us, and here we are as we were three hours ago, and getting worse rather than better. SAMUDA: Confound it, how unlucky. We must do something today. SECOND MAN: Sir, the Sun has melted the grease and it has all run into the tubes and choked them up. The valve, too, has puckered up and all of us together can’t keep it down, though I have menon, the line as thick as blackberries. SAMUDA :The Sun, man ! How dare the Sun melt my grease ?
This is said in no disrespect to Davy :how could one expect an untrained boy in 1799 to carry out an experiment which even today would tax an experienced physicist to say the least? No doubt the whole effect observed by Davy was due to conduction. The other experiment, the one in a vacuum, was not concerned with ice at all, but with the melting of wax. The wax was apparently attached to a metal plate, against which rubbed a clockwork-driven wheel. The clockwork stood on a piece of ice in which was cut a channel containing water, and the whole was under an exhausted bell-jar.
Five miles high is above the clouds; how can there be any snow there ? Besides, is it not five miles nearer the Sun ? Of course it is; and of course it is so much warmer; and the Sun always shines there, and that will make it still warmer. Brunel walkspast, and episode degenerates into a slanging match. From The Space Child5 Mother Goose, verse by Frederick Winsor, illustration by Marion Parry (New York: Simon and Schuster) 1958. Little Miss Mufet Sits on her tufet In a nonchalant sort of way. V i t h her force field around her The spider, the bounder, Is not in the picture today.
A Random Walk in Science by Robert L. Weber