When The Boy and I go to trivia, there is almost always at least one science-related question. This is always fun, partly because those questions are interesting, but also because it gives everyone in the restaurant an excuse to yell at the Trivia Guy. Not in a mean way, of course. More in an audience participation sort of way. It goes something like this:
Trivia Guy: “Your categories for this round are sports, television shows, and science.”
The Entire Restaurant: “SCIENCE!”
We always do that. I’m not really sure why, but it’s a thing that happens. Maybe it is because objectively, one might even venture empirically, science is awesome.
So, today I bring you SCIENCE! Well, really scientists, but without them we wouldn’t have science, so it all works out.
This is possibly the coolest thing. So many legendary minds in one photograph — Einstein, Bohr, Marie Curie, Schrodinger, Heisenberg, Planck — I wish I could have been a fly on the wall at this conference just to listen to them talk to each other. Even the mundane must be more interesting when seen through the eyes of such genius.
This is probably the most famous of the Solvay Conferences, which began in 1911. This first conference lead Ernest Solvay, a Belgian industrialist, to found the International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry in Brussels the following year. The conferences were called to discuss outstanding issues in chemistry and physics. The 1927 conference was called for the world’s greatest physicists to discuss quantum theory, which at that time was brand-spanking new. Also, at this conference one of the funniest Einstein related quotes I’ve ever come across was said. Apparently, Einstein didn’t care for Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, and said “God does does not play dice.” Niels Bohr’s response? “Einstein, stop telling God what to do.”
I also found this:
This is the 1945 high school report card of John Gurdon, the guy who won a Nobel Prize in medicine this year. Boy, was that teacher wrong!
In short, science (SCIENCE!) is rad and no matter how old we are we should always try to learn everything we can. Even if it is just so that we can be superstars at trivia every week.
Did you learn anything new this week?
Have a happy, happy weekend!