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January 8, 2011

Mass Spectrometric Musings

I originally wrote this essay in Fall 2006. Revisiting these words, I sadly observe that my reading has degraded seriously since my first year of graduate school. As an enthusiastic first year, I would read isotope books for fun! Now I read mystery novels by the mass spectrometer. Oh, well. To be fair, though, I was really reading the isotope book for a homework assignment. J.J. Thompson, the inventor of …


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January 7, 2011

Mystery Novels and Mass Spectrometers

The Element2 mass spectrometer at WHOI. Image taken from here. This past week geoblogger Callan Bentley of Mountain Beltway reviewed books on time, fallacies, dirt, and climate change. There are some great books in his reviews– some I’ve read already and some I’ve added to my reading list. Alas, I am afraid that my reading list is quite long. I’m very impressed at how many non-fiction books Callan manages to …


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