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Across from the Luxembourg Gardens you’ll find Albert Blanchard’s Librairie Scientifique et Technique, a big, well-lit bookstore filled with science and technology books both ancient and modern. While I really wanted to drop 600€ on a two volume set of J. Maxwell’s Scientific Papers, I had to settle for some vintage issues of Nature at 1€ a piece. It took me about 10 minutes to decide which to buy, but I narrowed it down to 2, the cover stories of which were: “La Relativité Générale Vérifiée pour la Première Fois au Laboratoire” and “La Comète MRKOS.”

I can hardly wait to curl up with a cup of coffee and read about the breadth of possibilities presented by the organ, both mechanical and food-wise, the Great Lakes, electromagnetic separation, a revision of intergalactic distances, and the International System of Units plus a “new” definition of the second.

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