Let me start you off wit a good one: "diese Absonderung der technischen Mechanik als eines... oh wait, you prolly want the english version: "...practitoLet me start you off wit a good one: "diese Absonderung der technischen Mechanik als eines... oh wait, you prolly want the english version: "...practitoners must have the freedom to develop concept of their own, and these might be distinct from those acceptable in the more reflective and leisurely branches of knowledge." (!!!) Now THAT, in case you missed it, was a roll-on-the-floor lauging zinger where August Foppl puts some stuffed shirt British mathemascientists in their place, bay-bee! So to all my scientist friends, you reflective and leisurely-minded chumps, take That! Boom. Word. QED. Thas' what IM talkin about.
The book was recommended to me by a respected source, I am sorry to report I'm not up to enjoying this book. I can about follow it: my math w.r.t. hydrodynamics is ok, but the political jousting which this book makes it's centerpiece is a bit dry. There are some delicious moments of wry sarcasm when one very British academician roasts another, but the barbs, though poisonous, are so polite and oblique as to require learned explanation, which research David Bloor has assiduously undertaken. It's mostly just too much, and I just wanted a pop-sci refresher on my aerodynamics!...more