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By Robert L. Weber

This anthology presents an perception into the wit and mind of the medical brain via a mix of fun and severe contributions written via and approximately scientists. The contributions list altering attitudes inside technology and reflect the interactions of technological know-how with society.

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Here the theorem is never stated, and no hint of its proof is given, but by the end of the course it is tacitly assumed to be known. The theorem floats about in the air during the entire course and the mechanism by which the class absorbs it is the well-known biological phenomenon of osmosis. A method of proof which is regrettably little used in undergraduate mathematics is the Proof by Aesthetics (‘This result is too beautiful to be false’). Physicists will be aware that Dirac uses this method to establish the validity of several of his theories, the evidence for which is otheraise fairly slender.

They write articles. Young scientific Staff membersexperimenters I9 0 They run to the equipment department. They scrub rotary vacuum pumps. They flap their ears at seminars. I9 0 They converse in corridors helping to make great discoveries. They write formulae, mostly incorrect. Older scientific Staff members 6 I They attend meetings. They help younger scientific staff members to find the leak. 30 they can sit silently next to apparatus which is running. Theoreticians do not work at all. 6 6 0 They walk back and forth.

I next procured a small piece of ice; round the superior edge of this a small canal was made and filled with water. The machine was placed on the ice, but not in contact with the water. Thus disposed, the whole was placed under the receiver, (which had been previously filled with carbonic 39 HumpAy Davy ’sjrstexperiments acid), a quantity of potash (ie caustic vegetable alkali) being at the same time introduced. The receiver was now exhausted. From the exhaustion, and from the attraction of the carbonic acid gas by the potash, a vacuum nearly perfect was, I believe, made.

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