Thursday, July 22, 2010

July 23, 2010

For a great introduction to modern physics, visit the Cern website. The science is very clearly, non-technically explained and features a comprehensive glossary of terms. It also conveys the excitement and wonder that is at the heart of the the project of physics, stretching from the interior of atoms to the furthest reaches of the universe.

This is especially appropriate since the Web was invented at Cern. And for a fascinating glimpse at how the Web came about check out an interview with Robert Cailliau, one of its founders. Here he is talking about the competition between European and American scientists.
Not only will you not just leave us alone, you will not stop working. You will not switch off. You will not take holidays. You will not enjoy life. You just work like crazy, and you can put that in your article, if you like. It's very hard competing with you guys. It's impossible.
The Cern site also has a very good section on how the Web works and its origins.

Finally finished scrubbing the porch. Only took me four days. Looks spectacular.

The principal of the Carter School in the South End has given me permission to photograph their Sensory Outdoor Garden. This is where remanents of the ruins of Martin Luther King's residence were dug up - massive granite foundation blocks and building bricks - and incorporated into this garden designed for special needs kids.

Quote of the Day
We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Anais Nin

That sounds like a statement of the anthropic principle, doesn't it?

Image ... Sunbather in a Saltmarsh 2. Gloucester, Mass.

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