From the Editors
Originality and Influence
There is only one Picasso – people used to say long ago, observing deformed cubist figures on canvasses by imitators of the Spanish painter. But at the same time, Poles also eagerly bought pikasy – ceramics and fabrics decorated with geometric patterns, very different from the traditional patterns that had long since ceased to captivate them. The pleasant objects helped them make their surroundings a bit more colorful and more interesting.
In art, in painting, in music, originality is easy to appreciate. That does not change the fact that works whose creators can be easily demonstrated to have been under the influence of a well-known master can still be recognized as intriguing, interesting, and innovative in their own way (as discussed by Dr. Marcin Zgliński).
What about in science? Theoreticians are continually lying in wait for a cue from experimenters, who painstakingly repeat their studies until they manage to report some unusual result. The reverse situation, when theoreticians stick to their guns irrespective of the fact that experimental confirmation is impossible or hard to obtain without massive (and expensive) apparatus, is rare. But sometimes it, too, yields surprising results. A clear example is Prof. Andrzej Trautman, who stubbornly insisted on the existence of gravitational waves on the basis of theory alone. And many years later it turned out that he was right – numerous teams, working together, ultimately demonstrated their existence experimentally. The French concept – of awarding grants for research that initially do not look very promising, but ultimately win a Nobel Prize, as Prof. Włodzimierz Zawadzki writes – certainly looks intriguing.
“There is clearly a link between solar activity and average temperatures on Earth, although we are only just beginning to understand it,” writes Dr. Tomasz Mrozek, reminding us that the behavior of our star in the past most likely sometimes caused the Thames River and Gulf of Finland to freeze up, and on the other hand sometimes made it possible for grape vines to grow in Poland. Learning about how one phenomenon influences another is very often the fundamental sense of research work. It yields that most important commodity: knowledge. And without it, the human species could not exist.
Table of Contents:
Astrophysics Searching for Sunspots | download
Philosophy Silence is a Sign | download
Energy Botox for Batteries | download
Cardiology When The Heart Refuses To Run | download
Art History The Art of Influenceology | download
STANISŁAW KNUTELSKI, RENATA JACH, ALFRED UCHMAN, MAREK DOHNALIK, HELENA HERCMAN
Nature In the Beetle’s Black Home | download
Nutrition A Diet For Generations | download
ERC 2018 Strictly Mysterious | download
Geology Solutions to Slag | download
Mineralogy More Than Blue Almonds | download
JOANNA and PIOTR SUŁKOWSCY
Always Seeking Understanding | download
Environmental Protection Let the Wild Forest Regrow Wild | download
PIASt A Hunger for Habits | download
In the Lens
The Deep Blue | download
Unorthodox Ideas | download