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2006-12-20 06:00:00

``The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next'' by Lee Smolin; Houghton Mifflin ($26) ``Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law'' by Peter Woit; Basic Books ($26) ___ I recently completed writing a high school/college-level history of physics in the 20th century. It was a great opportunity to catch up on developments in the field. The biggest surprise turned out to be historical. For the...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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