Feynmania

24 Aug

I hear he’s getting a graphic novel now too . . .

Don’t get me wrong, I’m as much of a fan of Feynman (and his persona — I can’t say I know enough about physics to rate the subtleties of his theoretical work!) as anyone, but sometimes it seems he gets too much adoration. ┬áHero-worship is an awkward thing.

Turn on the wireless

23 Aug

Radio waves, visible light, X-rays . . . we’re used to using different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum for vastly different purposes, so much so that it is easy to forget that they are, fundamentally, very much the same phenomenon. ┬áThis week I came across a nice illustration of this, taking principles we are familiar with and moving them from one region of the spectrum to another, with interesting results.

Lightbulb wi-fi, anyone?

 

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