Friday, January 28, 2005

Sticker Shock

Scientific American.com: Sticker Shock -- In the beginning was the cautionary advisory. Think stickers on biology texts are a bad idea? Wait untill you see the new stickers...
Sticker in Introduction to Cosmology: "Astronomers estimate the age of the universe to be approximately 13 billion years. If evolution ticks you off because you believe that the earth is only 6,000 years old, cosmology should really make smoke come out of your ears. There's a fire extinguisher next to the telescope."
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Sticker in Physics for Freshmen: "We know that a lot of what's in this book is wrong, and with any luck they'll eventually find out that even more of it is wrong. But it's not so far off, it took some real geniuses to get us this close, and it's way better than nothing."
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Sticker in Modern Optics: "CAUTION! Dark ages in mirror may be closer than they appear."
Via Wadcutter

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