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Outliving His Obituary Writer

James Van Allen Not many people can say that they outlived their obituary writer. However, in the case of physicist James Van Allen (1914-2006), he outlived his obituary writer by ten years. In 1996, science reporter Walter Sullivan (1918-1996) was … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #14

Rhyming [Nicolas Boileau-]Despréaux, in composing poetry, made his second verse before the first; and considered it as a very great secret in the art of [rhyming], which gave energy and meaning to the verse. Boileau used to relate, that he communicated … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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