“In her old age, Olga Lepeshinskaya became entranced by the mystical concept of the ‘vital substance’, and recruited her extended family to work in her ‘laboratory’, pounding beetroot seeds in a pestle to demonstrate that any part of the seed could germinate.”
Stalin’s more eccentric scientists are the subject of this blogpost for Faber & Faber.
One big complaint about science – that it kills wonder – is the same criticism Amitav Ghosh levels at the novel: that it bequeaths us “a world of few surprises, fewer adventures, and no miracles at all”
for New Scientist, 15 October 2016
Thomas Deerinck, NCMIR/SPL
If you stood at arm’s length from someone and each of you had 1 per cent more electrons than protons, the force pushing the two of you apart would be enough to lift a “weight” equal to that of the entire Earth.
for New Scientist, 9 March 2016.