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  •  Went to a lecture by Hoyle during that PhD year (1+ / 0-)
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    Don't remember what he spoke about, but I do remember what happened when he was muttering & no one in the audience had the nerve to ask him to speak louder...funny story.

    Another funny story:

    The great physicist Wolfgang Pauli died & went to Heaven, where he was escorted into a classroom with YHWH Hisownself standing behind a huuuuuge black book. "Well, Dr Pauli," He said, "I'm sure you have many questions as to how I designed the Universe, and I'm here to answer them."

    Pauli immediately asked, "Why 137?"

    God smiled. "I knew you'd ask," and He opened the big book to the center. "It's all right there, starting in the middle of the page. Have a look."

    Pauli fairly leaped to the desk & began reading, a huge smile on his face--which gradually faded as he read the second page, and turned to the third--

    Suddenly he straightened up, jabbed his finger at a formula & with a look of disgust turned to the Creator and said:

    Das ist falsch!*

    ( * German for This is wrong!)

    snarcolepsy, n: a condition in which the sufferer responds to any comment with a smartass comeback.

    by Uncle Cosmo on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 11:49:23 PM PDT

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    •  Das ist der beste Witz, den ich in dem langer (1+ / 0-)
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      Zeit gehört habe.

      I will definitely steal that joke.

      •  Also mussten Sie im langer Zeit (1+ / 0-)
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        nur schlimme Witz gehören!

        Wear it in good health, don't spend it all in one place, etc. (Somehow I knew you'd be enthralled when the magic number appeared...)

        Pauli, who was infamous for demolishing bad physics (& bad physicists), once said of someone's idea that it was so bad it "wasn't even wrong". (By which he meant, IIRC, that it was too vague or imprecise to be vulnerable to falsification.)

        snarcolepsy, n: a condition in which the sufferer responds to any comment with a smartass comeback.

        by Uncle Cosmo on Wed Jun 08, 2011 at 06:55:51 PM PDT

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        •  And now we live in a time where ideas not (0+ / 0-)

          subject to falsification are all emperors wearing new clothes.

          Someday I intend to crawl out of my black hole.

          Thanks for the bits of history.   I enjoy them very much.

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