4chan funny science/math thread.

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    Feb 04, 2011 7:53 PM GMT
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  • commoncoll

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    Feb 04, 2011 8:20 PM GMT
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    Feb 04, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    Not sure why this is more entertaining than their real correspondence. Feuds are common in science and always have been. Newton feuded with Leibniz and Hooke (and a bunch of others too). As secretary of the Royal Society, Newton actually destroyed a lot of Hooke's work after his death, which is why he is not more famous today.

    Pasteur and Koch famously feuded all their lives. Lister convinced them both to attend a grand meeting of the fathers of microbiology. According to one anecdote, reconciliation was at hand, but due to a translator's error, all of Pasteur's references to Koch's group, during his speech were translated as "the German Butt-Heads." (or the equivalent)

    One thing that Pasteur and Koch argued about was the cause of cholera. The Egyptian government was so desperate that they hired both groups to come to Cairo and work on the problem, during an epidemic. It turned out that Koch was correct and Pasteur's guys actually died of cholera. *pwn*
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    Feb 05, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    Edison's feud with Tesla was pretty epic.
    At the time the US government was looking to distribute electric power across the country. Tesla poineered AC power, and Edison was promoting DC power. Edison went on a huge publicity campaign, supposedly showing cattle getting electrocuted by AC power.
    The smear tactic didn't work. AC could transmit high voltage currents over longer distances than DC.
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    Feb 05, 2011 8:59 AM GMT
    omg i love this thread! and ermine's comment about the feud between tesla and edison gave me a woodie icon_biggrin.gif

    now i want to see hawking vs. penrose!
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    Feb 05, 2011 9:07 AM GMT
    This thread is hilarious. Too bad there weren't any female scientists highlighted. I'd like to see a crude exchange between Rosalind Franklin and Watson/Crick regarding being excluded from recognition for the discovery of DNA. At least a medical school was named after her.
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    Feb 05, 2011 9:14 AM GMT
    wow....
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    Feb 05, 2011 9:15 AM GMT
    love it! icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 05, 2011 9:58 AM GMT
    I haven't laughed this hard in a while!
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    Feb 05, 2011 10:00 AM GMT
    Haha that last one is awesome
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    Feb 05, 2011 11:21 AM GMT
    This really brought out the nerd in me icon_razz.gif
    Great for a laugh
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    Feb 05, 2011 3:56 PM GMT
    Well if the thread wasn't so old I would post:

    "Hey Watson & Crick, go suck a dick."

    -Rosalind Franklin