Notable Quotable

September 18, 2006|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

She causes strife by causing arguments among men, by making them think their opinions are right and everyone else's is wrong. It really is just perfect."

- MICHAEL E. BROWN, a professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology who discovered the dwarf planet he nicknamed Xena, explains why its new name, Eris - after the goddess of discord and strife in Greek mythology - is such a nice fit, given the continuing discord among astronomers and the public over whether Pluto should have retained its planetary status

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