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J. Robert Oppenheimer is without doubt one of the iconic figures of the 20 th century, an excellent physicist who led the trouble to construct the atomic bomb for his state in a time of struggle, and who later chanced on himself confronting the ethical outcomes of clinical development. during this magisterial, acclaimed biography twenty-five years within the making, Kai chicken and Martin Sherwin seize Oppenheimer’s lifestyles and instances, from his early occupation to his primary position within the chilly battle. this is often biography and background at its most interesting, riveting and deeply informative.
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Some workers nevertheless object to studying a complex biological problem by first chopping it up into small pieces. For if everything affects everything else we shall be unable to isolate one fragment without destroying our understanding of Introduction 17 the whole. The best defense for studying parts of the problem in isolation is that the method seems to work in the end, that with limited resources we have no alternative, and that progress has been made in other fields by selecting specific and limited problems instead of trying to explain everything at once.
55 (4) Tests consist of examining predicted differences between experimental and control, reference, or standard data. However, (5) neither in logic nor in science can one prove the truth of general propositions, and in science one cannot even disprove them. 56 Though logically defensible, such procedure is frowned on in the best circles. These philosophical problems are inseparable from the empirical problems, as will become clear in later chapters. 6 Analogy Recognizing similarities is 'more valuable and less easy' than recognizing differences.
Like lemmings joyfully jumping off a cliff, Conservatives ate their leader Friday night . . ) Intervention by the world's central banks failed to halt the dollar's lemminglike dash for the cliff edge. ) Bankers make lemmings look like free-thinkers. ) Names are leaving [Lloyd's] not like sheep but like lemmings. ) Hot women flocked to the Come Clean Center like lemmings headed for the Sea of Matrimony. ) Introduction 11 It would be a pity if our cultural gene pool were impoverished by doubts about the validity of such similes.