Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Prometheus




As we mentioned in class, sometimes scientists make big mistakes, like in 1964 when Donald R. Currey cut down the oldest tree alive to study its rings. The bristlecone pine, which he labeled WPN-114, turned out to be approximately 4,900 years old. There was a lot of controversy after it was cut down, and I found an article which takes into account five different points of view, from Curry himself to natural park advocates and other scientists.

"In fact, this short tale of an old tree dispatched—which is now an old story—has many versions. I cross-date five predominant chronologies, joined at their source like five needles bound in a fascicle, but diverging toward their ends"

Read the full story about Prometheus here!

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