MT VOID 02/20/98 (Vol. 16, Number 34)

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Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society
Club Notice - 02/20/98 -- Vol. 16, No. 34

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URL of the week: Contributed by Charlie Harris.

Physics: I am willing to bet you never gave it a whole lot of thought, but Physics is not a very nice science. It has a really good reputation, that that is where all the really smart people go, but that is because other sciences like Chemistry do not get their due. Physics and Chemistry sit next to each other like New York and New Jersey. All the really interesting cutting edge stuff seems to go on in Physics. Chemistry has a bad reputation, in large part because, like New Jersey, it smells bad. I mean, most of us have had the experience of walking by a chemical lab in school and smelling something that has seemed to us, well..., not quite right. It is kind of like driving down the Jersey Turnpike. You know there is something that smells really bad. You know that it is a smell that would not come out of Mother Nature unless you were torturing her in some really unnatural way. I mean, Heaven knows there are some really bad smells that ARE natural, but not so bad as some of the stuff on the Jersey Turnpike. You only get smells like that by taking dead dinosaur remains, and pumping them up from their graves, and subjecting them to extreme heat, and sending the gasses through pipes. This sort of thing would rarely happen by chance in nature. You and I both know that it takes humans to do something this unnatural and perverse. And you walk by the Chemistry Lab at any university you get that same feeling of something unnatural going on in there. I am sure not all Chemistry smelled bad. But in general in Chemistry the feeling is that nothing productive or cutting edge can ever come from something that does not smell bad. I suspect somebody is selling aerosol cans of bad smell to spray around Chemistry labs to make sure people know that something impressive and cutting edge and hopefully carcinogenic is going on.

                                   Mark Leeper
                                   MT 3E-433 732-957-5619