By Sarah J. Ormrod
Written essentially for a nonspecialist viewers, those essays describe contributions made through many of the collage of Cambridge's so much colourful and capable characters in a couple of educational disciplines. The essays demonstrate really fertile classes of improvement and chart voyages of discovery that experience happened in every single place Cambridge, less than crew or person management. techniques range, from the presentation of traditionally major discoveries to the reason of present research--"contributions" within the making.
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36 Medical science Self-experimentation was characteristic of medical research at that time. Ethics committees didn't exist in their present form, and often it seemed that the easiest way to do an experiment (particularly in the field of nutrition and other aspects of human physiology) was to try it out on yourself. On one occasion Hopkins's ebullient colleague J. B. S. Haldane, having ingested vast quantities of sodium bicarbonate, disturbed a tranquil punting party on the Cam by informing the professor and his rather surprised guests that he was now excreting the most alkaline urine known to man.
Nearby, on Trumpington Street, Addenbrooke's Hospital, founded in 1766, was completely rebuilt in the 1860s. John Addenbrooke (1680-1719) was a fellow of St Catharine's College; a rather strange chap, he was interested in black magic and necromancy, and is said to have foretold the hour of his own death. He left £4,500 for the founding of a hospital which, after nearly fifty years of legal wrangling over his will, opened in 1766. It was a small, pleasant building, expanded on several occasions in the early nineteenth century, before being torn down and rebuilt to provide the frontage of today's Judge Institute of Management Studies.
They have not yet settled down into the steadily spinning 'pinwheels', like the beautiful spiral galaxies depicted in most astronomy books. Some consist mainly of glowing diffuse gas that hasn't yet condensed into individual droplets, each destined to become a star. There would not yet have been time for stars to manufacture the chemical elements. These newly formed galaxies would not yet harbour planets, and presumably no life. MATTERS OF GRAVITY: THE DISCOVERY OF PULSARS Before anyone recognised the role of supernovae in the 'ecology' of galaxies (described earlier) there had been speculations about MARTIN REES how stars explode, and what remnants they may leave behind.
Cambridge Contributions by Sarah J. Ormrod