Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.
~Edwin Powell Hubble, The Nature ofScience, 1954 (via sciencenote)
November 7th is the birthday of a person I truly admire: Marie Skłodowska-Curie. When she came to Paris she was a poor Polish student, and in 1891 she enrolled in lectures in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Later, she became the first professeure, yes the first female professor in the University of Paris. She proved that when you are good in Science, what only matters is if you have good ideas or not. She had brilliant ideas. She discovered radioactivity. When she entered the exclusively masculine club of French university professors (in 1906), she had already won her first Nobel Prize (in 1903). Well, most people become professors before they get a Nobel Prize - for a woman at this time it was the opposite. In 1911 she won a second Nobel Prize - in Chemistry. She remains the only person to win Nobel prizes in two different sciences. When I was attending University lectures in Physics for the first time, it was in a Lecture hall with a photo of Pierre Curie, giving lectures in the same Lecture hall - the Amphithéâtre de Physique. Lectures that Marya Skłodowska once attended. Yes, it was a honor to me to obtain my Bachelor degree in Physics in the Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris.
Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.