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March 1998 (Volume 7, Number 3)

Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science

Scientists Reply to Invitations to the APS Centennial Bash

  • Pierre and Marie Curie were radiating enthusiasm.
  • Einstein thought it would be relatively easy to attend.
  • Volta was electrified and Archemedes, buoyant at the thought of it.
  • Ampere was worried he wasn't up to current research.
  • Ohm resisted the idea at first.
  • Boyle said he was under too much pressure.
  • Edison thought it would be an illuminating experience.
  • Watt reckoned it would be a good way to let off steam.
  • Stephenson thought the whole idea was loco.
  • Wilbur Wright accepted, provided he and Orville could get a flight.
  • Dr Jekyll declined - he hadn't been feeling himself lately.
  • Morse's reply: I'll be there on the dot. Can't stop now, must dash.
  • Heisenberg was uncertain if he could make it.
  • Hertz said in the future he planned to attend with greater frequency.
  • Henry begged off due to a low capacity for alcohol.
  • Audubon said he'd have to wing it.
  • Hawking said he'd try to string enough time together to make a space in his schedule.
  • Darwin said he'd have to see what evolved.
  • Schrodinger had to take his cat to the vet - or did he?
  • Mendel said he'd put some things together and see what came out.
  • Descartes said he'd think about it.
  • Newton was moved to attend.
  • Pavlov was drooling at the thought.
  • Gauss was asked to attend because of his magnetic personality.

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Editor: Barrett H. Ripin

March 1998 (Volume 7, Number 3)

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One Year Until APS Centennial Celebration in Atlanta
Physicists Honored at the 1998 March Meeting
APS Forms Cooperative Agreement with LANL's xxx e-Print Archive
APS Announces Physical Review Special Topics Series
A Century of Physics
Inside the Beltway
CSWP Web-Based Survey
In Brief
APS Views
"Net Myths"
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
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