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European scientist

Posted by ESC on November 07, 2003

In Reply to: European scientist posted by Patrick on November 07, 2003

: : : In the November 2003 issue of Boys' Life, which is the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America, Ernst Mach is identified only as a "European scientist" who did expmeriments with sound and whom the speed of sound is named after. So I'm left thinking, "Hmm, probably German, but could be Swiss or Austrian." I have a feeling that this specific fact was hidden from me on purpose, but I don't know what the purpose could be.

: : : Is this a new trend? Is it the next logical step after losing the specific identifiers "Chinese", "Japanese", etc., for Asians? Is it an American thing?

: : I don't think so. Probably a writer who was too lazy to find out the exact country.

: Surely everybody knows that Ernst Mach was Irish. I put all this confused thinking down to the poor quality of US University education.

Excuse me?