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This anthology offers an perception into the wit and mind of the medical brain via a mix of fun and severe contributions written by way of and approximately scientists. The contributions list altering attitudes inside technological know-how and reflect the interactions of technology with society.
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We then introduce the following logical system. Axiom 1. The class of lions in the Sahara Desert is non-void. M o m 2. Ifthere is a lion in the Sahara Desert, there is a lion in the cage. Rule of procedure. I f p is a theorem, and ‘p implies q’ is a theorem, then q is a theorem. Theorem 1. There is a lion in the cage. 25 A contribution to rhe mathematical theory of big game hunting 2. The method of inversive geometry. We place a spherical cage in the desert, enter it, and lock it. We perform an inversion with respect to the cage.
SECOND SATELLITE: That, gentlemen, is very near the truth. My time is just half a hundredth of a second more, which, by calculation, gives exactly seven-eighths of a barley-corn per hour less velocity. SAMUDA (to the Shareholters): My honoured masters, you hear what these two very credible gentlemen say. Their close agreement and great accuracy must prove to you that they are right. Something must have affected your watches. I have found it so in more cases than one. Then as to the Dover train passing us, that was, I assure you, an optical illusion; possibly a reflection of ourselves from the concave, transparent, cerulean, ether of the sky.
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. They present passes upside down. 18 18 0 They spend money to no purpose Writer-Realists Young scientific Staff memberstheoreticians Members of the guard force Representatives of the Ministry of Finance 37 I9 Physics terms made easy Mostly anonymous; most of the optical terms taken from a ‘Glossary of Optical Termin- ology’in a volume presented to Dr Rudolf Kingslake on his retirement from the Eastman Kodak Company.