Listen&Learn: The Cat Who Helped Write a Scientific Paper
- atomic: relating to atoms
- proofread: to check writing for mistakes before publishing it
- unintentionally: accidentally; unknowingly
- problematic: causing difficulties
- credit: to name someone as the creator of something
- co-author: one of two or more authors
1. The name of the physics professor who wrote the scientific paper is
The name of the physics professor who wrote the scientific paper is Jack H. Hetherington.
2. Hetherington chose to credit another author because
Hetherington chose to credit another author because he had accidentally used the word "we" to refer to himself.
3. Chester's "signature" was
Chester's "signature" was a paw print.
- Hetherington’s paper is now well-known, and has been quoted by many other researchers. Do you think that his paper would have been as successful if he hadn’t had a funny story to go with it?
In 1975, a physics professor named Jack H. Hetherington wrote a research paper about atomic behaviour. He was planning to submit this paper to a well-known scientific journal called the Physical Review Letters. However, when he was proofreading his work, he realized that he had unintentionally used the word “we” when writing about himself. Although this was a small mistake, it was very problematic. The Physical Review Letters had a rule against the use of the word “we” unless the paper had multiple authors. Hetherington had written his entire paper on a typewriter, and he didn’t want to retype it all just to fix his error. Instead, he simply decided to credit another author. The author he chose was his cat, Chester. He changed Chester’s name to Felis Domesticus Chester Willard, shortened to F. D. C. Willard, to make it more believable. Hetherington’s plan worked, and his paper was published. Eventually, he admitted that the co-author was a cat, and even had Chester sign copies of the paper by making ink paw prints.
Is Estrada says:
Thank U so much, you`re really good, xoxo
The King Of Love From IRAN says:
Thank you so much,
I wish all of you Love and Peace
Thank you very much
I LOVED IT.-
William Braga says:
This is a story that CATches everybody’s attention.
yes ı thoroughly enjoyed that . thank Englısh club
Pierre Colleaux says:
had Chester sign copies?? Why not “had signed”?
Note from Admin to Pierre…
“have someone do something” = “encourage someone to do something”, “persuade someone to do something”, “ask someone to do something” for example: “The doctor had me roll my sleeve up so that she could vaccinate me.”
Saiyouth Vongsaikham says:
Such a great story!!! I love it and also very smart idea.
Ana C Afane says:
What a funny story!!!!
Waraporn Wun says:
What an unusual story!
Such a cat-author!
Daffy Cloud says:
very nice story
Christine PENNEC says:
I loved it
Such funny story!
I’ve thoroughtly enjoyed.
Gabriele Rinelli says:
Very nice story!