Science: Midwinter Advancement

U. S. scientists make publicity hay when the sun shines most feebly—during the Christmas-New Year holidays. High lights of the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting last week in Richmond:*

Hooke's Cells. Robert Hooke (1635-1703) probably suffered from a mild case of paranoia. A brilliant British scientist, he had many ideas, carried few of them through to solid achievement. He invented a wheel barometer, conceived the idea of using a pendulum as a measure of gravity, helped famed Robert ("Boyle's Law") Boyle make his air pump. He clearly conceived the...

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