Somebody has WAY too much time on their hands. Think if that time would have been used for something actually constructive.
On 7/16/06, Aaron wrote: <Snip> Then again, Feynman managed to use his study of a "wobbling" plate thrown up in the air to his study of the movement of electron behaviour around the nucleus of an atom, for which he later won the Nobel prize. -- Steven Hay hay.steve -AT- gmail.com Barry Paradox: Consider k to be the greatest element of the set of natural numbers whose description require maximum of 50 words: "(k+1) is a natural number which requires more than 50 words to describe it."
Citing prior work in a study is natural enough, but sometimes the language used to express regard for others' efforts can be amusing: "I thought of naming this the *cheap instant coffee effect*, until I learned that it was already well known. Crawford2 dubbed it the *hot chocolate effect*; and, he cites a lecture in which Bragg3 might just as easily have called it the *cold beer effect*." Personally, I think it'd have been far more amusing for us bystanders if the writer had NOT credited others in this way. The ensuing turf war over these three terms would have been a sight to behold. ;-) On 7/16/06, Steve Hay wrote: <Snip>
I was most disturbed by this quote: "Then I drank the experiment while I computed spectra." The poor man drank instant coffee - what horror!
Friends don't let friends computer spectra on instant coffee. On 7/17/06, Bill Cutts wrote: <Snip> -- Scott