Latest Dudley R. Herschbach Stories

2008-07-27 03:00:18

By Herschbach, Dudley As a graduate student, more than 50 years ago, I heard Isidor Rabi make a fervent appeal to cultivate common ground, shared by science and liberal arts. Ever since, in my own teaching, I've strived to do what he urged: "Scientists must learn to teach... in the light of the history of human thought and human effort, rather than as the geography of a universe uninhabited by mankind." This theme was admirably exemplified recently in science festivals held in Cambridge,...

2005-10-07 08:15:00

WASHINGTON -- The inventor of artificial testicles for dogs, Nigerian Internet scammers and a team that calculated the pressures created when penguins poop won Ig Nobel prizes for 2005 on Thursday. The spoof prizes, awarded by the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research, are presented at a ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where the winners must try to explain their work in a minute or less. While some awards clearly poke fun at current culture, others are meant to provoke...

Word of the Day
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.