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    I have to take issue with John’s description of boiling. Boiling has nothing to do with the size of the bubbles. Boiling is a phase transition where vapor bubbles start to form not just at the edges of the liquid, but also in the middle. And it’s fairly sudden, actually. Maybe I just perceive things differently, but I can usually notice the transition from almost-but-not-quite boiling to the “rolling boil” that’s described in cookbooks.

    Also, I found the anecdote about him arguing with his dad amusing because it so precisely captures the sort of “authoritarian high-modernist” tendencies that make rationalists so annoying to deal with.

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