To the Editor:—
Sometimes the white-space filler is the most interesting part of The Journal—and sometimes it is utterly silly. Take, eg, the recent remarks on Paracelsus (193:1114, 1965). Of course Paracelsus made mistakes. Mr. Pachter says, "Paracelsus might have discovered this [a mistake] had he owned a microscope."Just think what Paracelsus might have done if he had used a spectrophotometer. Isaac Newton, too, could have accomplished quite a lot if only he had had sense enough to use a digital computer. And Galileo might have made quite a name for himself if he hadn't been too lazy to cross the ocean and avail himself of the Mt. Palomar telescope.