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On The Shoulders of Giant Idiots

At Bellevue, the “internes” ran about in corridors with “pus-pails,” the bodily drippings of patients spilling out of them. Surgical sutures were made of catgut, sharpened with spit, and left to hang from incisions into the open air.

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Robert Oppenheimer and the construction of a national hero

After the atomic bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Robert Oppenheimer became a national heroe, a symbol not only of the scientific and military power of United States, but also a person who symbolizes the best moral values that a man could have. 882 more words

Atomic Bomb

A revisit of the drama behind the Poincaré

I recall back in 2008, when I first cared enough to learn about mathematicians, I read a fair bit of the media articles on the proof of the Poincaré conjecture. 1,851 more words


My Hawking number

So, what’s your Hawking number?

I’m referring, of course, to the notion that everyone is separated by no more than six degrees. The mathematicians really got the ball rolling with their concept of an “Erdös number,” based on collaborations with the prolific Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdös. 748 more words

Science And Society

How it all began: the Remarkable Life of Stephen Hawking

From Smithsonian.com by Martin Rees:

Soon after I enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge University in 1964, I encountered a fellow student, two years ahead of me in his studies, who was unsteady on his feet and spoke with great difficulty. 223 more words

Cross-pollination on the pickets: Strike diary 11

Strikes are unnerving and unsettling. It is perhaps for that very reason that they are also sites of great creativity. There is so much art in making placards, creating slogans,  and writing strike songs. 669 more words

Ancient History

You've got the butterflies all tied up: Strike diary 10

The last 24 hours have been filled with drama. At 8 pm yesterday, a tweet by the Financial Times pensions correspondent, Josephine Cumbo (who has been doing excellent work throughout this dispute), announced that an agreement had been reached between employers and our union. 591 more words

Ancient History