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In the End, Who's Best?

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"Eat right. Exercise regularly. Die anyway." -- Unknown, but probably dead

Medical History

This week in 1953, Francis Crick and James Watson published their conclusion about the double helix structure of the DNA molecule in the journal Nature. The paper would profoundly change the nature and future of biological science and medicine, but begins modestly enough:

"We wish to suggest a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid (D.N.A.). This structure has novel features which are of considerable biological interest."

Perishable Publications

Many, if not most, published research papers have titles that defy comprehension. They use specialized jargon, complex words and opaque phrases like "nonlinear dynamics." Sometimes they don't, and yet they're still hard to figure out. Here's an actual title of actual published research study: "Would Bohr be born if Bohm were born before Born?"

 

This is, apparently, a classic example of physics humor. It discusses "a hypothetical historical context in which a Bohm-like deterministic interpretation of the Schrodinger equation could have been proposed before the Born probabilistic interpretation" and argues that "in such a context the Copenhagen (Bohr) interpretation would probably have never achieved great popularity among physicists."

It sounds hilarious.

Med School

Q: Why doesn't the heart get tired?

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