Raising Funds for Medical Treatment

Dear readers, Please consider helping us if you can. For the past sixteen months, I have been in a vegetative state due to a doctor's prescription medication error. We are struggling to afford medical treatment and would appreciate your help. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed and for your consideration. Wishing all good …

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The Man Who Knew Infinity: The Fault, Dear Friends, is Not in Kanigel, But in This Film

I was disappointed at how unfaithfully the film renders Kanigel's biography. Despite the myriad of illnesses he faced as a child, Ramanujan always had a heavy build, a trait that distinguished him from the rest of his peers in India. Additionally, Hardy was 37 when he met Ramanujan but looked much younger. Kanigel mentions that …

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I, A Universe of Atoms: On Genetic Variation

Quanta Magazine wrote a piece referencing Whitman's "I contain multitudes" in regards to the genetic variation inherent in our bodies and how such DNA diversity can be seen as a source of errors but also as a source of resilience. The accumulation of mutations over time is though to be the cause of many disease …

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Ode to a Dreamer of Dreams

Dear Dr. Sacks, Like the late Carl Sagan, you have a gentle way of magnifying everything into brilliant resolution and reminding us of our place in the universe. I always look forward to reading your books and opinion pieces, as you put which things matter into perspective. Last month, I was quite delighted to read …

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Top Ten Favorite Scientists

I was recently asked to make a list of my top ten favorite scientists, and after some deliberation, these are the people I chose: Richard Feynman: While Feynman made outstanding contributions to our understanding of quantum physics and to the Manhattan project, he is perhaps most remembered for his teaching as evidenced by the still-beloved …

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Why Medical Research?

More than a body of knowledge, science is a way of thinking based on empirical observation. William Lawrence Bragg once said, “The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.” Science makes use of that wonderful blend of curiosity, skepticism, and imagination …

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Late Night Thoughts on Lewis Thomas

Lately, I've been enjoying the works of Lewis Thomas. In The Fragile Species, he shared ideas evocative of the late Carl Sagan: Never mind our embarrassed indignation when we were first told, last century, that we came from a family of apes and had chimps as near cousins. That was relatively easy to accommodate, having at …

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