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Old 30th April 2017, 04:54 PM
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Sports fans, there's always a perennial favourite in football news: so-and-so is "sidelined with a hamstering injury", whatever that may be.

The phrase conjures up imagery of dark deeds in the locker room.

Ludwig Boltzman, who spent much of his life studying statistical mechanics, died in 1906, by his own hand.
Paul Ehrenfest, carrying on the work, died similarly in 1933.
Now it is our turn to study statistical mechanics.
Perhaps it will be wise to approach the subject cautiously.
(Opening lines of "States of Matter", by D.L. Goodstein).

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