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[errata] Inconsistent reference

The next day: Double d’oh! Mcconstock points out that Pauling didn’t have a stinking vaccine. So, it’s wrong, not just inconsistent. Thanks again, mccomstock!

mccomstock on Twitter points out that when I do a call back to Salk, I instead reference Pauling:

“It has been rare and hard-won such as Darwin with his barnacles and Linus Pauling with his vaccine” (page 176)

Too late to fix it in the paperback. At least it’s not factually wrong, just infelicitous. Thanks, mccomstock!

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Errors chemical and spellicioius

From an email from Stephen Herman:

I noticed a glaring spelling mistake “Lou Gherig’s disease”
when it should be Gehrig, and at 824 “boiling water breaks the bond between hydrogen and oxygen”- I’m guessing you’re not a chemist, no reason to suspect you are. The hydrogen bonding weakens, but surely not breaking the bonds between H and O.

Anyway, this is NOT a critique but a question- since it is a digital download, why cannot readers submit corrections so the future downloads are improved? Its like crowd sourcing the editorial function, and makes the book text more fluid.

I suppose I could adapt a bug-tracking system. Instead I’m doing the lazy thing: posting errors on this blog, categorized as errata.

Thanks, Steve.



AJ Cann tweets: “Typo p176 “Jonas Salk with his vaccine”. Thanks.



Mark Dionne has pointed out that on p. 45 I erroneously (and let’s face it, rather stupidly — although Mark doesn’t make that point) assert that boiling water breaks the bonds between hydrogen and water. Nope. It breaks the bonds between the hydrogen atoms.

Also, despite p. 22, Jonas Salk did not receive a Nobel Prize. Rather famously he did not.