A Random Walk in Science,

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Robert L. Weber
CRC Press, Jan 1, 1973 - Science - 206 pages
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This anthology provides an insight into the wit and intellect of the scientific mind through a blend of amusing and serious contributions written by and about scientists. The contributions record changing attitudes within science and mirror the interactions of science with society.
 

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It's difficult to find a word to capture the spirit of this book, but calling it a "miscellany" gets close. It's a varied, wide-ranging collection of essays, anecdotes, joke papers, one-liners and ... Read full review

Contents

When does jam become marmalade? H B G Casimir 3 In defence of pure research Thomson
3
Keeping up with science LFeleki
4
Sir Francis Simon N Kurd
6
Cuts by the score Anon 7 The theorist
7
The theory of practical jokingits relevance to physics R VJones
8
New university1229 Lynn Thorndike 15 The Smithsonian Institution Lewis Selye
15
Atmospheric extravaganza John Herapath
16
Little Miss Muffet F Winsor
20
Predictions and comments
66
Little Willie Dorothy Rickard
68
Which units of length? Pamela Anderton
69
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71
British Units
73
Therapy J P Joule
74
Infancy of xrays G E MJauncey
75
Faraday lectures Michael Faraday
76

The Academy Jonathan Swift
21
The triumph of reason Bert Listen Taylor
22
American Institute of Useless Research
23
Remarks on the quantum theory of the absolute zero of temperature G Beck HBethe and WRiele
24
A contribution to the mathematical theory of big game hunting HPetard
25
Fission and superstition
28
The uses of fallacy PaulVDunmore
29
Basic science Anon
33
On the nature of mathematical proofs Joel E Cohen
34
Arrogance in physics Laura Fermi
36
What do physicists
37
Physics terms made easy Anon
38
Humphry Davys first experiments Humphry Davy EN da CAndrade
39
Maxwells aether James Clerk Maxwell
42
Style in physics Ludwig Boltzmann
43
An Experiment to prove that Water is more elastic than Air John Clayton
44
H A Rowland Paul Kirkpatrick
46
Confrontation Maurice Caullery and Andrée Tétry
47
Getting bubble chambers accepted by the world of professional physicists Donald A Glaser 48 Bunsen burner Henry Roscoe
48
Rutherford and Natures whispers A SRussell
50
The organization of research1920 WM Wheeler
51
Solar eclipse Reinhold Gerhart
52
How Newton discovered the law of gravitation James E Miller
53
Graduate students PM S Blackett 59 Epigrams Alexander Pope and Sir John Collins Squire Take away your billion dollars Arthur Roberts
59
Standards for inconsequential trivia Philip A Simpson
61
How radar began AP Rowe
62
Building research R V Jones
64
Perils of modern living HPFurth
65
Nrays RWWood
77
My initiation L Roseneld
80
Frank Jewett PaulE Klopsteg
83
Inertia of a broomstick Gaston Tissandier
84
Pneumatic experiment Lady Holland James Gillray 85 The high standard of education in Scotland Sir W L Bragg
85
Theoretical zipperdynamics HJZipkin
86
Atomic medicine John H Lawrence
89
authors against Einstein A von Brunn
90
Ultraviolet catastrophe H Poincare
92
a romance of many dimensions Edwin A Abbott
93
Schools of physics
94
How a theoretical physicist works VBereinsky
95
The art of finding the right graph paper SARudin
98
LVII John Sykes 103 The analysis of contemporary music using harmonious oscillator wave functions HJLipkin
103
Researchersprayer Anon
104
Turboencabulator J H Quick
105
Heaven is hotter than Hell
106
On the feasibility of coaldriven power stations O R Frisch
107
Bedside manner
109
A theory of ghosts D A Wright
110
A stress analysis of a strapless evening gown
115
Two classroom stories Robert Weinstock
117
Murphys law D L Klipstein
118
Thermoelectric effect
119
A glossary for research reports C D Graham
120
Why we must go to the Moon Charles G Tiemey
122
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Weber, Penn State University, Pennsylvania.

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