By R. L. Weber
This anthology presents an perception into the wit and mind of the clinical brain via a mix of a laugh and severe contributions written by means of and approximately scientists. The contributions checklist altering attitudes inside technological know-how and replicate the interactions of technology with society.
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Biologists were collecting a large number of facts, but went at it unsystematically, without a scheme or any structure to their research. Physicists could teach biologists to use the methods of physics; biologists could use the physicists’ experience, and then there would be real achievements in biology. They wouldn’t listen, so, too bad for them. ) We never took up the subject again, but the essence of this conversation stayed with me. I was puzzled by Enrico’s conviction that physicists knew so much better.
Graduate students 10 ao They solder circuits. They ask the older ones to find the leak. They write articles. Young scientific Staff membersexperimenters I9 0 They run to the equipment department. They scrub rotary vacuum pumps. They flap their ears at seminars. I9 0 They converse in corridors helping to make great discoveries. 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.
In Generalized Logic, we relax both of these restrictions: a Generalized Theorem consists of a Statement for which there exists a Generalized Proof. I think that the meaning of these terms should be sufficiently clear without the need for elaborate definitions. The applications of Generalized Proofs will be obvious. Professional authors of text-books use them freely, especially when proving mathematical results in Physics texts. Teachers and lecturers find that the use of Generalized Proofs enables them to make complex ideas readily accessible to students at an elementary level (without the necessity for the tutor to understand them himself).
A Random Walk in Science by R. L. Weber