Gleanings From The Past #13

Nonconductor Dr. Beeton, in a letter to Dr. Mitchill of New York, dated 19th of July, 1824, states, that the beech tree (that is, the broad leaved or American variety of Fagus sylvatiea,) is never known to be assailed by atmospheric electricity. So notorious, he says, is this fact, that in Tennessee, it is considered […]

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Gleanings From The Past #8

Theory and Fact When we meet a fact which contradicts a prevailing theory, we must accept the fact and abandon the theory, even when the theory is supported by great names and generally accepted. – Claude Bernard, Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine (Translated by H. C. Greene), 1865

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Quotable #10: Real Advances

“The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.” – Albert Einstein

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Scientists Cite Unread Papers

Isaac Newton stated that “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”. Scientific breakthroughs are built on previous discoveries. So it’s not surprising that most scientific papers contain a large number of references. This may seem that the researchers have read all their references. However, having read several scientific […]

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Theory Versus Practice

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.” – Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut “The people heard it, and approved the doctrine, and immediately practiced the contrary.” – Benjamin Franklin, The Way to Wealth “Theory is when you know everything but nothing works. Practice is when everything works […]

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Thinking About Circles

“A circle may be small, yet it may be as mathematically beautiful and perfect as a large one.” – Isaac D’Israeli “If patterns exist in our seemingly patternless lives — and they do — then the law of harmony insists that the most harmonious of all patterns, circles within circles, will most often assert itself.” […]

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Standing On Each Other’s Shoulders

  “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton “Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation.” – Ronald Reagan “I don’t believe in the Great Man theory of science or history. […]

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