Science: Vales & Swales

Not all scientists are suited by temperament and intellect to keep vigil on the heights where paradox flourishes in the wind of metaphysics and knowledge fades into the unknown—to clock the flight of star-clouds, chop the atom's nucleus into mathematical hash or chase the primordial life-germ through a thicket of test tubes. Some workers must patrol the vales & swales where humbler things may be found beneath any stone. Such upturned stones in recent weeks disclosed the following:

¶ Librarians have wondered for years why the leather bindings of books in frequent use...

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