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  •  Greeks. Mathematicians. And my grandchildren. (4+ / 0-)

    Even the 5-year-old knows the Greek alphabet (because the 10-year-old was learning it, and everyone knows what happens when you see big brother learning something that looks cool.) She would cruise around in her carseat singing, "Alpha beta gamma delta," etc.

    Off to a good start in math, I guess! It's also useful as a jump-start for learning Russian, since it takes care of maybe half the Russian alphabet for you.

    They do go to Friends meeting, but then the Quakers (our branch at least) do queries, not creeds, and there have been and still are many scientists among the Friends. I guess the fundamentalists would fault us for neglecting their religious upbringing.    

    •  Also biochemists: often when there are several (2+ / 0-)
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      bands of something they are named alpha, beta, gamma instead of 1, 2, 3. Old habits die hard.



      Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

      by Wee Mama on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 03:58:04 PM PDT

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      •  Big bang and Greek letters: Alpher, Bethe, Gamow (1+ / 0-)
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        Speaking of the big bang and Greek letters and physicists, do you know the story of the Alpher, Bethe and Gamow paper? It's described in Wikipedia here: Alpher-Bethe-Gamow
        Short version: Bethe was added as a co-author to this paper to make the amusing name sequence. He was a smart guy though and apparently did make some contributions to the paper after his name was added.

        •  This is a sad example of Gamow's sense of humor (0+ / 0-)

          Why?

          Why?  I ask you, why do the smartest people in the world have a sense of humor that produces the lowest form of comedy?  Puns.

          Argh!

          [nb.  I am not saying I don't tell puns in my classes - I do.  But at least I have the decency to feel ashamed about it!]

          -- illegitimi non carborundum

          by BadBoyScientist on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:05:04 PM PDT

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