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The say of the week June 29, 2008

Posted by dorigo in Blogroll, internet, news, science.
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“We now have access to so much information that we can find support for any prejudice or opinion”

(David Suzuki)

Kudos to Ed Darrell for pointing out Suzuki’s activity in scientific divulgation and his project to our attention.



1. nige cook - June 29, 2008

The title of this post, “The say of the week”, looks like cool American grammar. In England, you would be forced to title the post very boringly as “The saying of the week”. Otherwise, you’d be accused of being a terrible person. American dispenses with many of the irritating customs of English grammar and spelling. E.g., they always refer to “math” in the singular instead of using the English abbreviation for mathematics which is plural, “maths”. “The say of the week” would be typical relaxed American, giving a proverbial finger to the pedantic trivia which comprises the rules traditional English grammar. (There’s a story about how Churchill replied sarcastically when some official editor corrected his grammar. Instead of saying ‘I will not put up with this’, he instead wrote using the pedantic grammatical rules: ‘Up with this I will not put’.)

2. dorigo - June 29, 2008

Hi Nige,

my intuition told me to use the title of this post when I started this series, four years ago. At some point, somebody told me it was not correct English, and I tried to correct it, but then the late Riqie Arneberg, a very smart and interesting person who was a devout reader, asked me to revert to the original.


3. Amara - July 1, 2008

Hi Tommaso: The month-long colloqium: TASI 2008: “The Dawn of the LHC Era” at the University of Colorado (Boulder) finiished last week. It looks to be a remarkable series with the quantity of online material. If someone in upper division physics wanted to get up to speed in your field, this might be a good resource for that.

4. Bee - July 1, 2008

That is definitely true. I must have said the same thing repeatedly about papers. Whatever you want to claim, you will find a reference for it that supports your point of view. Now, at the dawn of the 21st century we are able to build castles on nothing but hot air, as long that air miraculously made it through peer review. As a friend of mine once remarked “If it’s published, it becomes true.” So, where is the ‘publish’ button…? “Say it!”

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