Re: A typical scientist? (Re: Evidence . . . .

J. P. Gilliver (
20 May 1995 00:06:54 +0100

In article <> writes:
> >short dissertation. It was great fun for me to hear my sociologist friend
> >(dissertation of about 700 pages) comparing notes with my
> >astronomer friend (dissertation of almost 30 pages, and she said she had to
> >justify being so wordy).
> Plainly if your astronomers have nothing much to write about, one
> would indeed wonder how it would take up almost 30 pages to do it.

To change the tack from this boring sniping: astronomers do indeed have nothing
much to write about - or, rather, they have much nothing. They have a lot more
nothing than most of us (including me) can grasp at all - and most of it is far
purer nothing than the rest of us can get hold of, as well.

J. P. Gilliver (John); also G6JPG @ GB7NNA on the amateur radio packet network.
`Ergonomic' =/= `dext-handed'. ( at work.)
The summit of Everest is marine limestone.
I hope you dream a pig.