Notable Quotables; Issue #1

Posted in Notable Quotables, Science by jukeboxparables on March 11, 2009

2 random quotes for today;

Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.

–Richard Feynmann. From the lecture “What is and What Should be the Role of Scientific Culture in Modern Society”, given at the Galileo Symposium in Italy, 1964.

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.

–Carl Sagan. From his book “Cosmos” published 1980.

Blackholes and Revelations!

Posted in Science by jukeboxparables on March 8, 2009

WARNING: This post is not about Muse.

Now that we’ve cleared that up. Ever wondered about the makeup of matter/space/timetravel/theuniverse/blackholes and so on? Physicists are a bit, you know over the top with maths and the like. Have you ever browsed through Stephen Hawking’s; A Brief History Of Time? I struggled with the blurb hence why my Science ramblings never stray much over to the dark-side; Theoretical Physics is pretty hard to understand and don’t get me started on Quantum Theory. Well the basics are fairly simple at least conceptually but In reality It’s a bit of a brain drain.

In fact Nobel Prize Laureate and American physicist Richard Feynman has been credited as saying “If you think you understand Quantum Theory, You don’t understand Quantum Theory”. And that coming from someone who worked on The Manhattan Project.

Anyway Hawking and Feynman aside I’ve more than a few times looked at Sir Roger Penrose’s “The Road to Reality” but as yet haven’t bought it because I’m busy enough with my head in Microbiology text-books without venturing into an 1100+ page book about the laws of the universe.

Anyway, This is going somewhere I promise. I’m an avid listener of Triple J’s Science Mornings with Dr. Karl. And on a show back in 2007 Dr Karl kindly abducted Sir Roger Penrose from a physics convention being held at the time along with an American theoretical physicist Dr Kip Thorne whose made contributions in gravitation physics as well as astrophysics he’s also written a back on blackholes. These guys are the ‘real heavy hitters’ as Dr Karl so eloquently puts it.

It’s not often you get a talk-show scenario with a chance to quiz great minds about the nature of reality amongst other cool things like time travel, black holes and the large hadron collider. Anyway you can download and listen to the podcast of the show for download right here.

Nothing moves faster than the speed of light right? Wrong! Listen to the podcast.