Science: The Super Priests

Professor John Lighten Synge (rhymes with ring) is a bald-domed, red-mustached Irishman whose English ancestors moved to the ould sod so long ago (1600s) that Red Hugh himself ought to forgive him their origin. For 22 years, off & on, he has taught physics and mathematics in the U.S. and Canada, long enough for his speech to lose all but a touch of brogue. But in his new book, Science—Sense and Nonsense (Norton; $2.75), he shows that he has hung on to more than his share of native wit and irreverence—qualities that made his...

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