a really, really, really, really small world after all
Parthasarathy used to consider the big picture, but now he attends
to the small details. As an astrophysics major at the University
of California at Berkeley he became more interested in the tiny
electronics of the telescope's inner space than the swirling clouds
of outer space. Switching his focus from radio astronomy to semiconductors,
the Ph.D. candidate in physics has moved to the other end of the
scale-he measures in nanometers rather than parsecs.
scholar in training
hand gets grabbed. A foot gets stepped on. Something that should
not be touched gets touched. A wallet gets picked from inside
a kimono sleeve in a momentary impulse.... Caring parents must
not let their darling daughters ride the train during rush hour,"
writes Maeda Hajime in Sarariman monogatari (The
story of the salaryman), his 1928 handbook for young Japanese
birds do it, the bees do it-even the monkeys in the trees do it.
So why don't human beings do it? Ask James Roney. The "it"
in question involves courtship displays, and the Ph.D. candidate
in the Committee on Human Development observes that humans go
about it differently than our branch-swinging cousins.
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