Historical Allusion

Helmholtz Watson = Dr. Watson (I presume) and Hermann van Helmholtz. Helmholtz is also German for “wooden head”.  The character HW is actually called a ‘blockhead’.

Whoever in the pursuit of science, seeks after immediate practical utility may rest assured that he seeks in vain. — Hermann von Helmholtz in Academic Discourse (Heidelberg 1862)

James B. Watson – the Little Albert experiment (published in 1920)

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