Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Chargaff , Erwin (1977), Voices In the Labyrinth: Nature, Man, and Science, Harper San Francisco, Retrieved on 2012-01-31
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    31 JAN 2012

     We Know Too Much About the Wrong Things

    In science, attempts at formulating hierarchies are always doomed to eventual failure. A Newton will always be followed by an Einstein, a Stahl by a Lavoisier; and who can say who will come after us? What the human mind has fabricated must be subject to all the changes—which are not progress—that the human mind must undergo. The 'last words' of the sciences are often replaced, more often forgotten. Science is a relentlessly dialectical process, though it suffers continuously under the nec...
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    The Library of Alexandria was "both symptom and cause of the ossification of the Greek intellect."

    31 JAN 2012

     Scientists Must Learn to Forget Facts

    Like all things of the mind, science is a brittle thing: it becomes absurd when you look at it too closely. It is designed for few at a time, not as a mass profession. But now we have megascience: an immense apparatus discharging in a minute more bursts of knowledge than humanity is able to assimilate in a lifetime. Each of us has two eyes, two ears, and, I hope, one brain. We cannot even listen to two symphonies at the same time. How do we get out of the horrible cacophony that assails our m...
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    Forgetting the unessential is crucial to surviving information overload.