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By Gerald Weissmann

ISBN-10: 1934137510

ISBN-13: 9781934137512

“[Weissmann] has emerged within the final 3 many years as America's finest and demanding essayist. He has accomplished this prestige either epigenetically and during Twitter, notice of mouth, so that you could converse. . . . very like Susan Sontag, Weissmann likes being a latest, and doesn't think shackled by means of culture. . . . This ebook is a pleasure for the guts and instructive for the mind." —ERIC KANDEL, Nobel Laureate and writer of looking for Memory

“Only a brain as nimble and good traveled as Gerald Weissmann's may well see, by no means brain make and expound on, the connections among salamanders and Prohibition . . . white blood cells, Hollywood and erectile disorder . . . future health care reform and Marie Antoinette . . . micro organism, the equivalent Rights modification and the “Miracle at the Hudson." higher but, Weissmann does so with wit and perception. a desirable journey via heritage, technology and pa culture." —MAX GOMEZ, MD, Emmy Award-winning WCBS-TV scientific Correspondent

“Erudite strength leaps from this energetic commingling of artwork, tradition and technological know-how. . . . In each one [essay], Weissmann unearths hyperlinks among learn and components of historical past and pa tradition, which play off one another to illuminating impact. So US baby-kisser Sarah Palin pops up in a dialogue of 'Marie Antoinette syndrome'. . . and the 'meltdown' of the legendary Icarus meets the nuclear model on the Fukushima Daiichi strength plant in Japan." —Nature

Epigenetics, which makes an attempt to give an explanation for how our genes reply to the environment, is the newest twist at the old nature vs. nurture debate. In addressing this and different controversies in modern technological know-how, Gerald Weissmann faucets what he calls “the social community of Western Civilization," together with the various missed girls of technology: from the martyred Hypatia of Alexandria, the 1st girl scientist, to the Nobel laureates Marie Curie, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, and Elizabeth Blackburn, between different luminaries within the box. continually instructive and sometimes hilarious, it is a one-volume advent to fashionable biology, considered throughout the lens of today's mass media and the longer ancient culture of the clinical Revolution. even if conducting the healthcare debate or imagining the long run prose styling of the clinical learn paper within the age of Twitter, Weissmann proves to be considered one of our such a lot incisive cultural critics and satirists.

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4. At every point along the new wave, we can compute the wave height by adding the clocks together using the recipe we just outlined and asking how much of the new clock hand points in the 12 o’clock direction. When the clock points to 12 o’clock this is obvious – the height of the wave is simply the length of the clock hand. Similarly at 6 o’clock, it’s obvious because the wave has a trough with a depth equal to the length of the hand. 37 The Quantum Universe It’s also pretty obvious when the clock reads 3 o’clock (or 9 o’clock) because then the wave height is zero, since the clock hand is at right angles to the 12 o’clock direction.

46 Everything That Can Happen Does Happen must spread out as time passes. What we need to establish is exactly how it spreads. Unlike a water wave, we are proposing that the electron wave spreads out to fill the Universe in an instant. Technically speaking, we’d say that the rule for particle propagation is different from the rule for water wave propagation, although both propagate according to a ‘wave equation’. The equation for water waves is different from the equation for particle waves (which is the famous Schrödinger equation we mentioned in the last chapter), but both encode wavy physics.

The fact that it is not something we can touch, smell or see directly is irrelevant. Indeed, we would not get very far in physics if we decided to restrict our description of the Universe to things we can directly sense. In our discussion of the double-slit experiment for electrons, we said that the electron wave is largest where the electron is most likely to be. This interpretation allowed us to appreciate how the stripy interference pattern can be built up dot by dot as the electrons arrive.

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