discovery of discovery, or our debt to Copernicus
Margolis has made a bold move. Not only has the public-policy
professor stepped away from his discipline by writing a book about
science, but he's also departed entirely from the prevailing stance
among science historians: that the Scientific Revolution didn't
the punishing heat of the African Sahara, paleontologist Paul
Sereno has uncovered the remains of a giant prehistoric crocodile
that dwarfs its modern counterparts. Living
during the Cretaceous period, Sarcosuchus imperator ("flesh
crocodile emperor") grew to a length of 40 feet and weighed
eight tons, twice as much as a full-grown elephant. In contrast,
modern crocodiles rarely exceed 14 feet and weigh no more than
half a ton.
it to a Brit to bungle the world's most famous sex manual. Explorer
and scholar Sir Richard Burton's 1883 translation of the Kamasutra,
says Wendy Doniger, contains "lots of little errors that
really start to add up." Burton mistranslated passages on
the G-spot, downgraded women's role in sex, and diminished the
importance of their pleasure, argues Doniger-who sets the record
straight this spring with a new translation from Oxford University
Press, co-translated with Harvard University's Sudhir Kakar.
> Hand jive
talkers have an ally: Susan Goldin-Meadow, professor of psychology,
believes grandma was wrong when she told you not to flap your
hands when telling a story. "Talking with our hands may actually
make thinking easier," says Goldin-Meadow, who recently studied
such motions with Howard Nusbaum, associate professor and chair
of psychology, Spencer Kelly, AM'98, PhD'99, and doctoral student
Susan Wagner. The group reported their findings in the November
fruitless crown of tyranny offers rich food for thought
professors, two classic texts - Macbeth and Richard III
- and a room of serious but not solemn students. The seminar room
tucked under the eaves of Foster Hall has no doubt been painted
once or twice since Robert Maynard Hutchins last roamed the quadrangles.
The 1960s and 1970s have long since come and gone-leaving a trail
of burnt-orange upholstery on the mismatched chairs circling the
rectangular table that claims most of the room's square footage.
The gathering students include a bleached blond (later in the
quarter his cropped hair will be hennaed a dark auburn) and several
persons with September-in-New-York stories.
big "nano-nano" to tiny wires
happens when you coat a layer of two basic plastics with silver?
Nanoscopic wires assemble themselves in numerous, parallel, and
continuous lines. In the December 13 Nature, physics professor
Heinrich Jaeger and Ward Lopes, SM'99, PhD'01, describe their
discovery and a technique for precisely controlling the wires'
surprises here. "The syllabus is simple," Ralph Lerner
announces. "All we're reading is Macbeth and Richard
III. The title is grander than the performance." Lerner
and Nathan Tarcov, with whom he's team teaching Shakespeare on
Tyranny, have a decided preference in texts. "We have an
edition," says Lerner, holding up a yellow-and-red paperback.
"It's this one. Get this one." Tarcov elaborates, "Reading
a Shakespeare play in the Arden edition is really a different
experience-you learn the play in a different way."