A Beautiful Prize: Nature Materials editorial on this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Female Science Professor: Imperfectionist. "Over the years, I have marveled at some of the weird things that people put in reference letters." Example:
"In my opinion, Applicant X is an excellent scientist. Now let me tell you about my credentials. Attached is my CV."
This is a book that clatters around in a dark closet of irrelevancies for 450 pages before it bumps accidentally into its index and stops; but that is not a criticism, either, because its author finds it gratifying and refreshing to bang unrelated facts together as a rebuke to stuffy minds. This book infuriated me; but that is not a defect in it, because it is supposed to infuriate people like me, and the author would have been happier still if I had blown out an artery. In short, this book is flawless, because all its deficiencies are deliberate products of art.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Posted by Abi. Posted at 9:41 PM