Toxic lands as ecological hotspots
Physicists Bummed That Physics Is Pretty Much What They Expected
"…attention needs to be turned away from the socially homogenous enclosed spaces in which knowledges like pure mathematics and natural and experimental philosophy were formed, to the ‘open air’, where natural history and medicine, surveying and map-making, and linguistics and administrative sciences were developed… These practices are fundamentally different from ‘field’ sciences where practitioners simply take the world outside the confines of the laboratory to be an inanimate space for collecting data, which is then centralized and processed in the secluded calm of the laboratory."
"Cutting yourself completely clear of the traditions of Europe and of the East and shaping your course in details by no rigorously predetermined design, but as you find from year to year that nature is leading you on, you will, I feel sure, be able to give San Francisco a pleasure ground adapted to the peculiar wants of the people with a scenery as unusual in parks as the conditions social, climatic, and of the soil, to which your design is required to be accommodated."
extra reading on materialism
"models are the intellectual tools that help us understand phenomena and build bits and pieces of experimental technology. They enable us to intervene in processes and to create new and hitherto unimagined phenomena."
""if there were no difference between essence and appearance there would be no need for science." (Marx)"