Frazz by Jef Mallett for March 15, 2024

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    Concretionist  4 months ago

    Money is the root of all evil. But it also makes the (human) world go ’round. And is equal to time. Pretty potent stuff.

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    pschearer Premium Member 4 months ago

    “. . . if the “Sir” means anything."

    “Sir” means the Brits have a tradition-bound society that doesn’t consider a person truly accomplished until they are dubbed by royalty.

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    LeftCoastKen Premium Member 4 months ago

    Or if he comes up with fig filled cookies … ?

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    cervelo  4 months ago

    Most who worked in fields of scientific research will tell you that science has become a money game. You will get all kinds of budget to get obese westerners slim, quickly and effortlessly, but you have to rely on charities to cure cancer.

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    prrdh  4 months ago

    Newton made a lot of money. He was, after all, Warden and Master of the Royal Mint.

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    david Long Premium Member 4 months ago

    Nice ref to third law

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    sandpiper  4 months ago

    It is Caulfield’s nature to put up a proposition in order to shoot down the reply. Not exactly at the Socratic level yet, but he’ll get there.

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    mrwiskers  4 months ago

    The many sides of capitalism.

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    ewaldoh  4 months ago

    Yet another mis-application of the 3rd law for absolutely no good purpose.

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    DM2860  4 months ago

    Naw, we do not seem to appreciate those guys who save us money on our auto insurance.

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    Brass Orchid Premium Member 4 months ago

    No. Newton would be diagnosed and drugged as a child, to normalize his behavior.

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    calliarcale  4 months ago

    Saved us some money, or made us some money. Which is in fact exactly why Newton was appreciated in his time — his discoveries were worth a lot of money, or else battlefield advantage, which ends up coming to the same thing in the end. We tend to think of the great scientists and philosophers of the past as brilliant minds just cogitating in the purity of exploration, but for the most part, they were actually hired by wealthy people and governments to make their advancements. Newton’s laws of gravitation (and calculus) were spurred on by his work on ballistics for artillery targeting. His Newtonian reflector telescope, still the most popular large telescope design today, is vastly cheaper and more reliable to manufacture than refractors. Oh, and he literally saved money — while working for the Royal Mint, he introduced several innovations to coin design that are still in use today (including the knurled edges that prevent clipping of coin edges). I could go on, but it isn’t just today that we cherish people for saving us money. We’ve always cherished people who help us do things better or more efficiently, and with good reason.

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    trainnut1956  4 months ago

    Well, you aren’t going to find the next Newton on social media…

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    Solomon J. Behala Premium Member 4 months ago

    You know that’s what he got knighted for. He was Master of the Mint and was among those responsible for putting England on the gold standard.

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    chroniclecmx  4 months ago

    Newton was a Christian as were many other scientists of his day. They sought to understand how the world was ordered because they believe in an orderly God who ordered the world. Most of the approved authorities on science today won’t even entertain the idea of the supernatural.

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    oakie817  4 months ago

    just look what he did with figs

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  4 months ago

    Science just needs to give me thinner phones and bigger TVs and shut up about everything else.

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    Stephen Gilberg  4 months ago

    What would “someone like Newton” even mean today? The world is so different.

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    Mike Baldwin creator 4 months ago

    These days it seems Most people have the attention span of a fig newton.

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    car2ner  4 months ago

    I often say “if something doesn’t make sense, Look at who is making bags of money or gaining power, and often both”.

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    Aviatrexx Premium Member 4 months ago

    These days, our respect for such a person doesn’t depend on him saving us a lot of money, so much as accumulating massive amounts of it for himself. We elevate the likes of Musk, Bezos, Gates, Ellison, Zuckerberg, et al. to “genius” status when I doubt seriously if any of them are half a brain-lobe-adjacent to Newton. Or Lin-Manuel Miranda, for that matter.

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    swenbu Premium Member 4 months ago

    All of this discussion makes me realize how little I know about Sir Isaac!

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    asrialfeeple  4 months ago

    Happy Ides of March!

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    Teto85 Premium Member 4 months ago

    Newton invented the cat door. But also calculus.

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    Geophyzz  4 months ago

    The scientist, or team, that devises the first fusion reactor will truly be worshipped, and rewarded.

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