Tag: scientists

Welcome Time Travellers! (or more evidence against time travel)

“I sat there a long time,” he said, “but no one came.”

These were words that Stephen Hawking uttered upon observing an apparent no show of time travellers to his “time traveler party.” This was held on June 28, 2009, although the event was only advertised after this date (of course). As well, this sort of counts as indirect evidence against time traveling in general…

Via Futility Closet

Scientist Rock Star Posters. #awesome

By Megan Lee available for purchase at etsy.com, via Hey Oscar Wilde!

My own short illustrious collaboration with Francis Crick


CRICK: Is that your Ford Escort?

ME: Yes it is.

CRICK:  It’s in my parking spot.  Can you move it?

ME: Yes, definitely.  Sorry about that.

CRICK:  No worries.

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I met Dr. Crick at San Diego’s Salk Institute during a summer trip in my graduate student days – although “met” is perhaps a verb with too much significance in this case.  I was actually there to touch base with some old friends of mine and was told to park in his spot since we would only be 15 minutes or so.  In truth, we were en route to Anaheim, Disneyland specifically, and bumping into scientific legends was the last thing on our minds.

Dr Crick, of course, is well known for his discoveries in the world of DNA, being one of the individuals responsible for figuring out how the A, T, C and G’s of genetic code stacked up.  But later in life, he took an interest into the mysteries of consciousness.  In particular, he was intrigued at how the brain so quickly generates visual awareness upon viewing a scene (or something like that).  It’s an interesting biological question, in that I know I’m curious to understand what goes on when you look upon the world – or perhaps in more profound instances, what happens when a child first sees the Magic Kingdom, when a soldier stares down the barrel of a gun, or when you first meet the person with whim you will, unbeknownst to you, fall in love with.

Almost the minute we parked our Ford Escort, Dr. Crick pulled up in a large stately white car, a Mercedes or a Cadillac I think.  He got out, dressed I can only describe in a manner that approximated most perfectly his vehicle, and politely asked that I move.  I obliged immediately.

Looking back, I often wondered what his consciousness was telling him when he saw me that day.  It’s probably quite different from what my own brain was experiencing: I just thought it was cool that his license plate read “ATCG.”

Nikola Tesla letterhead: the subdued and EPIC versions.

This is what he used c:1900:

Then, in 1911, he apparently had something like this:

There is, I bet, a great story in this somewhere…

From letterheady.

The words of Carl Sagan, inspirational even in comic form. #beautifullydone

By Gavin Aung Than over at zenpencils.com (Go check it out – very cool idea)

Recently released Einstein’s complete archives reveal some surprising things…

By John Martz, via Globe and Mail, via Fresh Photons.

Hirsute (as in pertaining to hair) history of science.

That’s it… I need a radical change in hairstyle.