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posted by TwelveTwo at 11:53 PM on August 31, 2010


"Draw a maze map in one minute that takes two minutes to solve understand"

I don't mean to be (too) snarky. I saw Turing's name and wondered what line he had been put on. I guess I went the wrong way and spiraled all the way around before finding it. (It connects 15th Century Mathematics and 21st Century Mathematics and Computing)
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal at 12:02 AM on September 1, 2010


Awesome, reminds me of Randall Collins' book The Sociology of Philosophies.
posted by ollyollyoxenfree at 12:03 AM on September 1, 2010


This is a pretty neat idea. And I'm kind of embarassed by how many 2- and 3-dotters I don't recognize. And there's exactly one 4-dotter on the map: Francis Crick. But that seems to be because Evolutionary Biology, Genetics and Microbiology are separate tracks. Whereas "Mathematics & Computing" is one big thing.
posted by DU at 4:21 AM on September 1, 2010


That Friedrich Wöhler is the last stop before chemistry and biochemistry diverge is a painful irony.

If you tell a biologist that the hydrogen bonding and can der Waals forces that make proteins and DNA do what they do is the same as gives water its surface tension, it's like telling a small child that there is no Santa Claus, only without the social stigma of ruining someone's childhood.

Some days I love being me.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 4:46 AM on September 1, 2010


can der Waals

This is the force that keeps Obama supporters bonded to each other.
posted by DU at 5:12 AM on September 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


can der Waals with bough of holly
fa la la la la, la la cough hack jesus what god FIRE its on fire MY EYES RUN SAVE YOURSELVES WHAT THE HELL IS THAT NO GOD NOT A RERAIL GOD NO......

It would have been funnier if the Computing track was a loop.
posted by eriko at 5:59 AM on September 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


This reminds me of my benign nightmare last night where I got on a subway line going the wrong direction. Instead of going to south station I ended up in Zimbabwe where the track vanished into a sandy hillside. The attendant helpfully indicated I could walk to "Station Eight" through the jungle but it would probably take eight hours to get there.
posted by odinsdream at 6:44 AM on September 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


I read "via" as "versus" and was prepared to get good and indignant over yet another expose into the ways that people ignore and minimize science in favor of personal feelings and gut hunches.

I'm actually really glad I misread it.
posted by quin at 6:55 AM on September 1, 2010


Fuck! I missed my connection at Isaac Newton and now I have to ride 15th Century Alchemy line all the way up to J. Willard Gibbs!
posted by mazola at 8:56 AM on September 1, 2010


Can anyone explain Planck-Tesla-Poincar'e? Is there meant to be a linear progression?
posted by KMH at 1:40 AM on September 2, 2010


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