Saturday, April 15, 2006

Knowing and Naming


We all know that to name something is not to know it.

I may know the names of my colleagues,

but it takes time to really get to know them.

You have to visit with them and learn something deeper about them.

The same is true for news stories or for scientific ideas.

You can have the news story named for you by the MSM,

but you do not know the event.

You do not know how your car works simply by naming it.

You may know that Einstein explained the photovoltaic effect,

and ultimately got the Nobel Prize for that work, (not relativity)

but that doesn't mean you know how photons are converted to electrons,

or how you might use "that effect" to power your home or car someday.

Here is a nice video from One Good Move with the Nobel prize winning Richard Feynman.

"Feynman was one of the most influential American physicists of the 20th century, expanding greatly the theory of quantum electrodynamics, quark theory, and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium. "He reconstructed almost the whole of quantum mechanics and electrodynamics in his own way, deriving a way to analyze atomic interactions through simple diagrams (now known as Feynman diagrams), a method that is still used widely.

Apart from pure physics, Feynman is also credited with the revolutionary concept and early exploration of quantum computing, and first publicly envisioning nanotechnology, i.e. the ability to mass produce atomic-scale machines."

Earlier in the week, I spoke at a MENSA meeting.

You know, they are the folks who are certifyably smart.

After my talk, I asked for questions and the hands went up

like we were in a Holy Roller service. (and they are smart)

There in the room was a large poster of Einstein.

Since I was talking about plug in hybrids and renewable energy in general,

I mentioned that Einstein received his Nobel Prize for the PV.

So, in one sense, he was the Father of Solar,

or at least "solid state" solar.

He also was the father of E= MC squared.

In November 1954, five months before his death,

Einstein summarized his feelings about his role

in the creation of the atomic bomb:

"I made one great mistake in my life...

when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt

recommending that atom bombs be made. "(clip)

In Iran, the distinction between the use of Nuclear Energy

For peacetime,

or for War,

is as blurry as the truth of this technology is clear.

We know that Nuclear Energy can be used safely.

And its name is the Sun.

Ask Al.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

at first I didnt get this, but I read it later and got it. The sun is our nuclear energy source and it is just the right safe distance away.

7:22 PM  
Blogger OZ said...

I made a few changes to this post on Sunday morning.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i keep remembering years ago, when we were at a potluck in somebody's side yard back on Long Island. I was discussing nuclear power with a friend who was a nuclear physicist and worked at Brookhaven National Lab.

Now he is dead from cancer.

Anyway he said before he died that he thought we should all be using wind power. I remember reading (back on Long Island) a Sierra Club book about the various aspects of nuclear energy for electricity and for weaponry but mainly for electricity production. It was a big thick book.

I remember that LILCO did such a great job of encouraging conservation and efficiency that we all cut our electricity usage IN HALF and so of course their prices shot up.

I remember that smart lady doctor who went around ranting about how many times dead do we have to be to be mutually safe or something.

10:25 AM  

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