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Published by: Alejandro Sosa De Greef on Jun 24, 2013
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Transcription Passage AONE VIEW OF PHYSICS
Eddington’s famous story of the two tables formed the introduction to one of his popular books on modern physics. On the one hand, he pointed out, we have the tablewith which we are all familiar – the solid, weighty thing that impinges on all our senses. On the other hand, however, we have the table as physics sees it – myriads of molecules flying about in space, each in turn made up of electrons and protons,cruising around planetary orbits and leaving much the greater part of the table asempty space.(from
 Rebel with a Cause
by Hans Eysenck, 1990)
Transcription Passage BOLD SINGAPORE
On my first visit the old Singapore had not been entirely obliterated or moved intohigh-rise shopping precincts. A little of Chinatown remained. The food stalls in parking lots and on street corners, where you could dine lavishly for a dollar onsavoury Malaysian omelettes and spiced mutton soup, were still there. At Fatty’s inAlbert Street the almost circular owner used to lay his tables in the middle of the roadand serve delectable Cantonese cooking. When the traffic got busy, your table might be seized from under you and carried inside the restaurant to prevent a collision between the sweet and sour fish and a battered pick-up truck.(from
Murderers and Other Friends
by John Mortimer, 1994)
Transcription Passage CAN INSISTENT JUDGE
Tim Cassel’s father was an elegant barrister and judge who tended to speak inVictorian upper-class Cockney,
saying things like, ‘Me poor old eyes ain’t strong
2enough to read the document you gave me.’ He was once trying a burglar who hadhandcuffed a householder before robbing him. Judge Cassel insisted on demon-strating the way these handcuffs worked by putting them on his own wrists, and he brushed aside the prosecuting counsel’s frequent attempts to dissuade him. When hewas helplessly manacled, the judge allowed the prosecutor to explain that the policehad never recovered the key to the handcuffs. Tim’s father had to be led off the benchand the local ironmonger was sent for.
Murderers and Other Friends
by John Mortimer, 1994)
The two forms
are characteristic not only of Cockney but alsoof upper-class Victorian English.
Language, they say, is the badge of nationality, and above all else it is the languageof Sydney that binds this fissile society into a unity. It is many years since thewriter Monica Dickens, at a Sydney signing session, inscribed a volume to EmmaChissett,
misunderstanding a lady who wanted to know the price of the book, butfundamentally the vernacular has not changed.‘Emma Chissett?’ I make a point of asking now, when I want to buysomething, and the shop assistants never give me a second glance, taking me to be agenuine Australian,
and frequently confiding in me their grievances about the trainservice from Parramatta.(from
Among the Cities
by Jan Morris, 1985)
What the Australian woman actually said was, ‘How much is it?’ There are many versions of this(probably apocryphal) story with many authors in the central role.
A suburb of Sydney.
Transcription Passage ETHE GENERATION GAP
A five-year-old girl went out for the first time in her grandparents’ new car. As the lawdemands, they told her to sit in one of the rear seats and emphasised how important itwas to wear a safety belt. Her grandfather explained carefully exactly how the seat beltworked.‘You just slip it around you, Katie, and then you simply click on the little bit of red plastic in the middle.’ The child looked puzzled. The old man repeated theinstruction once again, this time more slowly, but to no avail.‘Heavens, Dorothy! She can’t understand something as simple as this. Have wegot a moron in the family?’, he whispered in stentorian tones.‘Don’t fuss. Let me handle this,’ said his wife. ‘Now, what’s the matter,darling?’ Whereupon Katie blurted out, ‘Grandma, what does Grandpa mean? Singleclick, or double click?’
Transcription Passage FANOTHER VIEW OF PHYSICS
Physics started with reality as our senses perceived it, but it has gone well beyond thatstage and introduced concepts completely alien to the layman. Nevertheless, popular  physics has got much to be said for it. We become acquainted with it as we grow up,and we certainly become adept at adjusting our behaviour to its laws. The footballer curling his shot into the corner of the net; the tennis player serving accurately at a speedof a hundred miles an hour into the corner of the service court; the high-jumper clearinga bar at a great height – these are all making use of an acquired knowledge of the lawsof physics, including those applying to gravitational forces, without any knowledgewhatsoever of experimental physics. The man in the street knows a great deal of  practical physics, without having any knowledge of scientific principles.
 Rebel with a Cause
by Hans Eysenck, 1990)

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