There is no answer to “what you really are”. Because there is no answer to “what you really are”.
There is only what you understand. What you create. And its what you create that answers what you are. Because that’s what you understand.
Nobody talks what your mother is really like. She makes lovely pies. And people say your mother is lovely. Because she understands how to create lovely pies and she creates lovely pies. There is no answer to what she is really like.
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Joule born in 1818, this day, December 24. happy birthday to him. He made seminal contributions to what we understand about energy today, which is why SI unit of energy is named Joule after him. (In India Joule is a popular name for women: but thats not how James Joule’s name is to be said, in case of James, the last e is silent, because scientists are often silent)
Physics Today Excerpts on James Joule Birthday; It’s the birthday of James Joule, who was born in 1818 in Salford, England. Joule was a commercial brewer in Manchester. His work inspired an interest in physics and in the nature of energy. In a series of experiments, he demonstrated the convertibility of kinetic, thermal and electromagnetic energy. The SI energy unit, the joule, is named in his honor.
Rather than the venom Murray Gellman was spewing on Feynman, this talk by L. Susskind is very balanced. It does not heap a load of self-created baloney about the personality of someone else because you don’t like them or you want to exhibit your pretension that you don’t. So much for being a scientist, luminaries can be utterly dishonest, as in the case of Gellman. Gellman was actually trying to promote himself by badmouthing on the popularity of Feynman, a trait to be found till date among those who can’t even grasp what Feynman was.
But Susskind’s video here shows in much more acceptable and honest way what Feynman was really a scientist like. He (Susskind) describes a fellow scientist in much more vivid, sentimental, sensitive, befitting of honor, humorous way, his own experiences of Feynman, rather than the venomous and resentment-struck self-wishful description given by Gellman with whom (Gellman) Feynman was professionally and personally close. Gellman’s video can be googled.
Stephen Wolfram on Feynman; (Dr. Wolfram is in in my FB friend list, I am not tagging him, lets see if he finds us talking through him, about Feynman) (Wolfram) You’re a great speaker; what are you worrying about?” He (Feynman) said, “Yes, everyone thinks I’m a great speaker. So that means they expect more from me.” And in fact, sometimes it was those throwaway conference talks that have ended up being some of Feynman’s most popular pieces. On nanotechnology. Or foundations of quantum theory. Or other things.
Niels Bohr (Nicholas Baker) Aage Bohr (Jim Baker) and Feynman. Then the son told me what happened. The last time he was there, he said to his son, “Remember the name of that little fellow in the back over there? He’s the only guy who’s not afraid of me, and will say when I’ve got a crazy idea. So next time when we want to discuss ideas, we’re not going to be able to do it with these guys who say everything is yes, yes, Dr. Bohr. Get that guy and we’ll talk with him first.” I was always dumb in that way. I never knew who I was talking to. I was always worried about the physics. If the idea looked lousy, I said it looked lousy. If it looked good, I said it looked good. Simple proposition. I’ve always lived that way. It’s nice, it’s pleasant —if you can do it. I’m lucky in my life that I
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