—Physical comics, What's in a name?, Blame the bacteria “” Physical comics What's in a name? Blame the bacteria Physical comics Joe Chaback of Tulsa submits a counterexample to Ashley D. Nevers' example of society's science illiteracy (C&EN, Sept. 20, page 88). Nevers cited an example from a noted newspaper where a free radical was mistakenly dubbed a molecule. Chaback, on the other hand, cites the comics as assuming "a high level of science literacy." As Chaback points out, in order to fully appreciate the humor of the comic strip, "one needs to understand the concept of the electromagnetic spectrum and the correlation between energy, frequency, and perceived color." Chaback admits that although he is a chemical engineer by training, he doesn't think he would have completely understood the comic strip until he was in sophomore physics. What's in a name? A rose by any other name might be called Rosa woodsii--at least in Linnaean terms. But according to the Sept. 11 issue of New Scientist (page 12), "a band of renegade biologists" is proposing an alternative naming convention.
by Rachel Pepling |
December 13, 2004