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9 Dec

I love it when authors use dry humor textbooks. From the book I’m reading, “Organic Chemistry” by Clayden, Greeves, Warren, and Wothers, describing some common aromatic compounds, such as coumarin (the smell of freshly-cut grass) and pirimicarb (an insecticide):

“LSD stands for LySergic acid Diethylamide. It is the hallucinogenic drug ‘acid’. When people walk off a building claiming that they can fly, they are probably on acid. It contains an indole ring made up of a benzene ring and a pyrrole ring fused together.”

  (Caption:) “LSD, lysergic acid diethylamide, the infamous ‘acid’ giving hallucinations and unfounded confidence in flying.”


Why Science Majors Change Their Minds (article)

5 Nov

Check out this article in the NYT about people in the US dropping out of science majors.