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By Frans W. Saris

ISBN-10: 9048508304

ISBN-13: 9789048508303

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ISBN-13: 9789089640581

Why do people have interaction in medical study? For a few, it’s easily a occupation. Others are attracted to technological know-how for its power monetary rewards. And nonetheless others do it out of competitiveness—to be the 1st of their box. yet in Darwin Meets Einstein Frans W. Saris argues that during our postmodern occasions now we have misplaced the that means of science—that technological know-how isn't approximately festival, nor approximately earning profits, nor concerning the pleasure of discovery. technology is for survival—the survival of people, the survival of life.

In this available choice of essays and columns, Saris brings jointly in dialog a couple of nice minds—Charles Darwin, Baruch Spinoza, Niko Tinbergen, Francis Bacon, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Franz Kafka, and Albert Einstein—to solution the query: why technological know-how? With decisions like “Diary of a Physicist,” “The medical Life,” “The mom of All Knowledge,” and “Science during the having a look Glass of Literature,” Darwin Meets Einstein will entertain its readers and eventually inspire them to think again the meaning—and the purpose—of science.

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While I try to get some work done in my room a colleague says that it is almost like a delivery. The newborn is announced, the mother is in labour but you cannot do anything but wait. We have locked the lab. If you want to come in you have to call to the fusion experiment first. There a plotter draws a straight line on the paper to show there are no neutrons. In the library I find an old publication from 1948 in which fusion was reported by bombarding heavy water ice with deuterium. Below the acceleration threshold there is no signal at all and we are still a factor 100 lower in voltage.

Before leaving the museum I discover Charlotte van der Waals’ folding vases. Apart from Rietveld, here we have another Dutch designer among the world’s greatest. Folded flat these vases can be delivered through the letterbox. Unfolded they belong to the most beautiful flower vases I have ever seen. Charlotte very elegantly solved the problem if you want to bring not only flowers but also the vase to hold them. The annual meeting of the Materials Research Society in Boston begins and all nomads are present again.

Much more than Fleishmann has reported. Our apparatus was running on deuterium for quite some time when suddenly the neutron counter went off scale, 300 counts in 3 seconds. ’ We agree that I will look for more neutron counters, which we can read at a distance, before tomorrow morning when Aart and his group will be in the lab again. This evening we listened to one of my PhD students who played cello in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. It was marvellous. I still have my coat on and go to the lab to have a look.

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