A Word From the Wise

“The fact that scientists do not consciously practice a formal methodology is very poor evidence that no such methodology exists. It could be said—has been said—that there is a distinctive methodology of science which scientists practice unwittingly, like the chap in Moliere who found that all his life, unknowingly, he had been speaking prose.” — […]

On Being the Right Size

Warning: will splash on impact (Image: Madalena Parreira). In his classic 1926 essay On Being the Right Size, J.B.S. Haldane remarked that zoologists rarely pay attention to one of the most salient differences between animals, their size.  In his words, “(…) higher animals are not larger than the lower because they are more complicated. They […]