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
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.
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