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Author Weber, Robert L., 1913-1997.
Title A random walk in science / an anthology compiled by the late R.L. Weber (1913-1997) ; edited by E. Mendoza ; with a foreword by William Cooper.
Imprint Philadelphia, PA : Institute of Physics Pub., 1999.

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Subject Science -- Anecdotes.
Alt Name Mendoza, E. (Eric)
NetLibrary, Inc.
Description xvii, 206 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Boulder, Colo. : NetLibrary, 2000. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to NetLibrary affiliated libraries.
ISBN 058528430X (electronic bk.) : $20.00
0750306491 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 45728056
Additional Format Original (DLC) 99089200 (OCoLC)43063251.
Table of Contents
 Foreword / William Cooper 
 Introduction / Robert L. Weber, Eric Mendoza 
 When does jam become marmalade? / H. B. G. Casimir 
 In defence of pure research / J. J. Thomson 
 Keeping up with science / L. Feleki 
 Sir Francis Simon / N. Kurti 
 Cuts by the score Anon 
 The theorist 
 The theory of practical joking - its relevance to physics / R. V. Jones 
 New university - 1229 / Lynn Thorndike 
 The Smithsonian Institution / Lewis Selye 
 Atmospheric extravaganza / John Herapath 
 Little Miss Muffet / F. Winsor 
 The Academy / Jonathan Swift 
 The Triumph of reason / Bert Liston Taylor 
 American Institute of Useless Research 
 Remarks on the quantum theory of the absolute zero of temperature / G. Beck, H. Bethe, W. Riezler 
 A contribution to the mathematical theory of big game hunting / H. Petard 
 Fission and superstition Hmk 
 The uses of fallacy / Paul V. Dunmore 
 Basic science Anon 
 On the nature of mathematical proofs / Joel E. Cohen 
 Arrogance in physics / Laura Fermi 
 What do physicists do? 
 Physics terms made easy Anon 
 Humphry Davy's first experiments / Humphry Davy, E. N. da C. Andrade 
 Maxwell's aether / James Clerk Maxwell 
 Style in physics / Ludwig Boltzmann 
 An Experiment to prove that Water is more elastic than Air / John Clayton 
 Three jolly sailors / F. Winsor 
 H. A. Rowland / Paul Kirkpatrick 
 Confrontation / Maurice Caullery, Andree Tetry 
 Getting bubble chambers accepted by the world of professional physicists / Donald A. Glaser 
 Bunsen burner / Henry Roscoe 
 Rutherford and Nature's whispers / A. S. Russell 
 The organization of research - 1920 / W. M. Wheeler 
 Solar eclipse / Reinhold Gerharz 
 How Newton discovered the law of gravitation / James E. Miller 
 Graduate students / P. M. S. Blackett 
 Epigrams / Alexander Pope, John Collins Squire 
 Take away your billion dollars / Arthur Roberts 
 Standards for inconsequential trivia / Philip A. Simpson 
 How radar began / A. P. Rowe 
 Building research / R. V. Jones 
 Perils of modern living / H. P. Furth 
 Predictions and comments 
 Little Willie / Dorothy Rickard 
 Which units of length? / Pamela Anderton 
 Alpher, Bethe and Gamow / R. A. Alpher, R. Herman 
 Electromagnetic units: 1 
 Electromagnetic units: 2 / H. B. G. Casimir 
 British Units 
 Therapy / J. P. Joule 
 Infancy of x-rays / G. E. M. Jauncey 
 Faraday lectures / Michael Faraday 
 N rays / R. W. Wood 
 My initiation / L. Rosenfeld 
 Frank Jewett / Paul E. Klopsteg 
 Inertia of a broomstick / Gaston Tissandier 
 Pneumatic experiment / Lady-Holland, James Gillray 
 The high standard of education in Scotland / W. L. Bragg 
 Theoretical zipperdynamics / H. J. Zipkin 
 Atomic medicine / John H. Lawrence 
 100 authors against Einstein / A. von Brunn 
 Ultraviolet catastrophe / H. Poincare 
 Flatland: a romance of many dimensions / Edwin A. Abbott 
 Schools of physics 
 How a theoretical physicist works / V. Berezinsky 
 The art of finding the right graph paper / S. A. Rudin 
 On the imperturbability of elevator operators: LVII / John Sykes 
 The analysis of contemporary music using harmonious oscillator wave functions / H. J. Lipkin 
 Researchers' prayer Anon 
 Turboencabulator / J. H. Quick 
 Heaven is hotter than Hell 
 On the feasibility of coal-driven power stations / O. R. Frisch 
 Bedside manner 
 A theory of ghosts / D. A. Wright 
 A stress analysis of a strapless evening gown 
 Two classroom stories / Robert Weinstock 
 Murphy's law / D. L. Klipstein 
 Thermoelectric effect 
 A glossary for research reports / C. D. Graham, Jr. 
 Why we must go to the Moon / Charles G. Tierney 
 Face to face with metrication / Norman Stone 
 Life on Earth (by a Martian) / Paul A. Weiss 
 The high energy physics colouring book / H. J. Lipkin 
 Snakes and Ladders / P. J. Duke 
 Do-it-yourself CERN Courier writing kit 
 Gulliver's computer / Jonathan Swift 
 Textbook selection / Malcolm Johnson 
 Computer, B.Sc. (failed) / E. Mendoza 
 Collective names in basic sciences Anon 
 The Chaostron. An important advance in learning machines / J. B. Cadwallader-Cohen, W. W. Zysiczk, R. R. Donelley 
 Physics is too young / William Whewell 
 Yes, Virginia / V. E. Eaton 
 How to learn / Lewis Carroll 
 The nature of evidence / Isaac Todhunter 
 School leaving exam 
 Where to hold nuclear spectroscopy conferences in Russia 
 Typical examination questions as a guide to graduate students studying for prelims / H. J. Lipkin 
 Big Science and Lesser Sciences / P. M. S. Blackett 
 Oral examination procedure / S. D. Mason 
 Fluorescent yield / Arthur H. Snell 
 Slidesmanship / D. H. Wilkinson 
 A conference glossary / David Kritchevsky, R. J. Van der Wal 
 Valentine from a Telegraph Clerk [actual symbol not reproducible] to a Telegraph Clerk [actual symbol not reproducible] / James Clerk Maxwell 
 Enrico Fermi / Emilio Segre 
 The parrot and the carrot / R. W. Wood 
 The bee, the beet and the beetle / R. W. Wood 
 Absent-minded / Henry Roscoe 
 The Mason-Dixon line 
 Toothed wheels 
 The transit of Venus / Jeremiah Horrox 
 Lines inspired by a lecture on extra-terrestrial life / J. D. G. M. 
 Postprandial: Ions mine / J. J. E. Durack 
 The trial of Galileo / F. Sherwood Taylor 
 Newton and Facts / D. Bentley 
 John Dalton's discovery of his colour blindness 
 Paris, May 1832 / Ian Stewart, Hippolyte Carnot 
 Pulsars in poetry / Jay M. Pasachoff 
 Clouds, 1900 / Lord Kelvin 
 An awkward incident / W. L. Bragg 
 Shoulders of giants / Robert K. Merton 
 Rotating dog / William Garnett 
 Answer man 
 Home run 
 The pulsar's Pindar / Dietrick E. Thomsen, Jonathan Eberhart 
 Walter Nernst / Edgar W. Kutzscher 
 Self-frustration / R. V. Jones 
 Unsung heroes - I: J-B Moire Simplicius 
 Unsung heroes - II: Juan Hernandez Torsion Herrera / Douglas Lindsay, James Ketchum 
 Wolfgang Pauli / Eugene P. Wigner 
 Scientific method / Adolph Baker 
 Pebbles and Shells / Isaac Newton