"After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are always artists as well." – Albert Einstein
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Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to win one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics, the Fields Medal. Congratulations!

Carl Linnaeus was not above jabs at personal enemies by naming certain species for them. For example, he named a weed that produces a nasty smelling fluid, Siegesbeckia, because he had a grudge against German botanist Johann Siegesbeck.

What’s In A Latin Name: The Legacy of Linnaeus

did you know that there are multiple instances of scientists taking pettiness to another level by naming species after their rivals


there is a species of mussel literally called ‘Fat Warburg’ just because some early 1900s dude thought this would be an appropriate way to insult his nemesis

(via wandaventham)