hedgehog对《A Short History of Nearly Everything》的笔记(15)

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A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • 书名: A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • 作者: Bill Bryson
  • 页数: 544
  • 出版社: Broadway Books
  • 出版年: 2004-9-14
  • 第3页
    It is a curious feature of our existence that we come from a planet that is very good at promoting life but even better at extinguish it.
    2013-08-12 15:15:15 回应
  • 第101页
    A hundred years after his death, a statue of Lavoisier was erected in Paris and much admired until someone pointed out that it looked nothing like him. Under questioning the sculptor admitted that he had used the head of the mathematician and philosopher the Marquis de Condorcet - apparently he had a square - in the hope that no one would notice or, having noticed, would care. In the second regard he was correct. The statue of Lavoisier-cum-Condorcet was allowed to remain in place for another half century until the Second World Was when, one morning, it was taken away and melted down for scrap.
    拉瓦锡真是可怜....
    2013-08-20 17:56:40 回应
  • 第111页
    For a long time it was assumed that anything so miraculously energetic as radioactivity must be beneficial. For years, manufacturers of toothpaste and laxatives put radioactive thorium in their products, and at least until the late 1920s the Glen Springs Hotel in the Finger Lakes region of New York (and doubtless others as well) featured with pride the therapeutic effect of its "Radioactive mineral springs." Radioactivity wasn't banned in consumer products until 1938. By this time it was much too late for Madame Curie, who died of leukemia in 1934. Radiation, in fact, is so pernicious and long lasting that even now her papers from the 1890s - even her cookbooks - are too dangerous to handle. Her lab books are kept in leadlined boxes, and those who wish to see them must don protective clothing.
    2013-08-20 18:01:28 回应
  • 第119页
    In fact,of course, the world was about to enter a century of science where many people wouldn't understand anything and none would understand everything.
    2013-08-21 17:19:29 回应
  • 第121页
    Called "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies," it is one of the most extraordinary scientific papers ever published, as much for how it was presented as for what it said. It had no footnotes or citations, contained almost no mathematics, made no mention of any work that had influenced or preceded it, and acknowledged the help of just one individual, a colleague at the patent office named Michele Besso. It was, wrote C. P. Snow, as if Einstein "had reached the conclusions by pure thought, unaided, without listening to the opinions of others. To a surprisingly large extent, that is precisely what he had done."
    2013-08-21 17:22:52 回应
  • 第141页
    When you sit in a chair, you are not actually sitting there, but levitating above it at a height of one angstrom (a hundred millionth of a centimeter), your eletrons and its electrons implacably opposed to any closer intimacy.
    2013-08-22 15:37:49 回应
  • 第159页
    Clair Patterson died in 1995. He didn't win a Nobel Price for his work. Geologists never do. Nor, more puzzlingly, did he gain any fame or even much attention from half a century of consistent and increasingly selfless achievement. A good case could be made that he was the most influential geologist of the twentieth century. yet who has ever heard of Clair Patterson? Most geology textbooks don't mention him. Two recent popular books on the history of the dating of Earth actually manage to misspell his name. In early 2001, a reviewer of one of these books in the journal Nature made the addtional, rather astounding error of thinking Patterson was a woman.
    2013-08-23 14:12:11 回应
  • 第206页
    But life is hardy, and when the smoke cleared there were enough lucky surviors from every species that none permanently perished.
    2013-08-27 18:12:49 回应
  • 第221页
    Volcanologists may or may not be the worst scientists in thw world at making predications, but they are without question the worst in the world at realizing how bad their predications are.
    2013-08-28 15:53:03 回应
  • 第235页
    Life, it turns out, is infinitely more clever and adaptable than anyone had ever supposed. This is very good thing, for as we are about to see, we live in a world that doesn't altogether seem to want us here.
    2013-08-29 14:55:12 回应
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