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(Life.com)   Things to do today: Buy milk. Tune violin. Put whoopee cushion in Oppenheimer's office. Finally nail down pesky "Unified Field Theory"   (life.com) divider line 84
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2010-06-28 10:46:49 AM
I once made a comment to my brother about how cool it would be to see what Einstein or Da Vinci would do with the computer systems of today, to see what they would come up with. He burst my bubble by reminding me that they would most likely sit down and say, I think I'll play a game instead.
 
2010-06-28 11:04:20 AM
To pick on a friend:
I introduced two guys that each graduated at the same time, each with a PhD in Quantum Physics. One was a family friend that attended the local "state college" and the other had been internationally recruited to a top tier school in the same town, I met him through school. The one that had gone to "the better program" always had a tude about being better - "some of us are more equal than others".

Come graduation time, the guy from the state school had a physics research job lined up by his mentor at school. The guy from the hotsy totsy school was horrified that he couldn't find a job in research. He ended up running derivative software for a European bank. He absolutely hated it at first and said that trained monkeys could do it and how it was so beneath him. Over time, his emails were bragging about six week training sessions outside of Paris with gourmet lunches with wine and classes breaking up after lunch to play volleyball - as well as the bragging about the six week paid vacations.

Now, they both happen to live and work in the same city. My kid was visiting through college and ended up sitting between them at dinner. The top tier program guy asked the state school guy what he was doing now - high level math to help with nano DNA sequencing. The top tier guy was like "oh, so you gave up being a real physicist then", that state school guy responded, "don't you still work at a bank?"

Hearing about this made me giggle like a little girl for a long time and I had to share
/at least it's a physics thread.
 
2010-06-28 11:29:00 AM
Men in hats. Serious men.
 
2010-06-28 01:41:08 PM
so byyye bye relativity guy
 
2010-06-28 01:41:36 PM
JustinCase: I once made a comment to my brother about how cool it would be to see what Einstein or Da Vinci would do with the computer systems of today, to see what they would come up with. He burst my bubble by reminding me that they would most likely sit down and say, I think I'll play a game instead.

Hey, they've got solitaire on here!
 
2010-06-28 01:41:53 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2010-06-28 01:42:07 PM
JustinCase: I once made a comment to my brother about how cool it would be to see what Einstein or Da Vinci would do with the computer systems of today, to see what they would come up with. He burst my bubble by reminding me that they would most likely sit down and say, I think I'll play a game instead.

Einstein would have an elf wizard named "Fyzzixx B'Reluvteev"
 
2010-06-28 01:42:14 PM
Pound pastrami, can kraut, six bagels--bring home for Emma.
 
2010-06-28 01:43:14 PM
Definitely the atomic whoopee cushion.
 
2010-06-28 01:45:16 PM
I have to say, the desk picture is a little crushing, and I'm not sure why.
 
2010-06-28 01:47:28 PM
Wish I could find the Bloom County strips depicting the Oliver Wendell Jones/Stephen Hawking rivalry.

/my google-fu is weak.
 
2010-06-28 01:53:23 PM
freewill: I have to say, the desk picture is a little crushing, and I'm not sure why.

What were you expecting? A model of the atom? A Macbook Pro?

Keep in mind, this guy supposedly from time to time left for work without pants on. Why would his office look any different than this?
 
2010-06-28 01:55:59 PM
Hadn't Oppenheimer already been disgraced by the HUAC by the time Einstein died? Why add insult to injury with a whoopee cushion?
 
2010-06-28 01:57:12 PM
Goddammit Albert! You've got to stop masturbating
 
2010-06-28 01:58:38 PM
I kinda liked Einstein until I saw that PBS drama about Einstein and Eddington, and it showed Einstein as being a bit of a prick.

/Doctor Who played Eddington!
 
2010-06-28 01:58:54 PM
I wonder what would've happened if we sat Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, and William Stroudley (the only engineer I can think of right now) in the same room?.
 
2010-06-28 02:01:50 PM
Wolfmanjames: Pound pastrami, can kraut, six bagels--bring home for Emma.

Nicely played, Brother Francis.
 
2010-06-28 02:05:17 PM
CygnusDarius: I wonder what would've happened if we sat Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, and William Stroudley (the only engineer I can think of right now) in the same room?.

Existence would have been ended in an explosion of awesome.
 
2010-06-28 02:09:29 PM
WrestlerManager: freewill: I have to say, the desk picture is a little crushing, and I'm not sure why.

What were you expecting? A model of the atom? A Macbook Pro?

Keep in mind, this guy supposedly from time to time left for work without pants on. Why would his office look any different than this?


I'm pretty sure he meant emotionally crushing. That even the greatest physicist of the 20th century has to die. The desk showed he wasn't expecting it (who does, really?) and perhaps some new, ground-breaking knowledge sat uncompleted on his desk, forever to be untouched by its creator.

That's how I saw it, at least.
 
2010-06-28 02:10:00 PM
CygnusDarius: I wonder what would've happened if we sat Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, and William Stroudley (the only engineer I can think of right now) in the same room?.

I don't know why, but that made me think of Philosophers Soccer:


Archimedes out to Socrates, Socrates back to Archimedes, Archimedes out to Heraclitus, he beats Hegel [who, like all the Germans, is still thinking] . Heraclitus a little flick, here he comes on the far post, Socrates is there, Socrates heads it in! Socrates has scored! The Greeks are going mad, the Greeks are going mad. Socrates scores, got a beautiful cross from Archimedes. The Germans are disputing it. Hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori adjunct of un-naturalistic ethics, Kant via the categorical imperative is holding that ontologically it exists only in the imagination, and Marx is claiming it was offside
 
2010-06-28 02:10:30 PM
I'm not buying it - that pic looks pretty set up.
 
2010-06-28 02:11:39 PM
CygnusDarius: I wonder what would've happened if we sat Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, and William Stroudley (the only engineer I can think of right now) in the same room?.

they'd put out some great music, but would come up with a lame name for the band.
 
2010-06-28 02:18:15 PM
eddie van heinous: I'm not buying it - that pic looks pretty set up.

Somebody should 'shoop a bottle of Anal Lube in there.
 
2010-06-28 02:18:28 PM
WrestlerManager: freewill: I have to say, the desk picture is a little crushing, and I'm not sure why.

What were you expecting? A model of the atom? A Macbook Pro?

Keep in mind, this guy supposedly from time to time left for work without pants on. Why would his office look any different than this?


The smartest person in the room always has the least organized looking desk.
 
2010-06-28 02:18:31 PM
Photographer knew he could trade scotch for access.

That is one smart motherfarking photographer.

/taking notes
 
2010-06-28 02:21:18 PM
No wonder he couldn't cut it as a patent clerk. Look at that workstation.
 
2010-06-28 02:23:33 PM
CygnusDarius: I wonder what would've happened if we sat Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, and William Stroudley (the only engineer I can think of right now) in the same room?.

Uh. Tesla would run screaming?

Didn't really like being near people... :)
 
2010-06-28 02:25:42 PM
Was it just me or did the accompanying text read as if Einstein died, his body underwent an autopsy, had a funeral, and was cremated all on the same day?

Were they in a rush to get his body out of the door or something?
 
2010-06-28 02:26:10 PM
Feldspar Q. Walrustitty: Photographer knew he could trade scotch for access.

But was it Cutty Sark or Johnny Walker?
 
2010-06-28 02:27:47 PM
Aidan: Didn't really like being near people... :)

True, but he liked the number three. Perhaps he'd be alright if there were exactly 3 people at all times.
 
2010-06-28 02:28:33 PM
I like these Life article, but putting grey letters on black background makes for hard reading.
 
2010-06-28 02:30:55 PM
But was it Cutty Sark or Johnny Walker?

I'm sure the Kennedys were mixed up in this somehow, so it must have been Cutty Sark.
 
2010-06-28 02:32:34 PM
Aidan: CygnusDarius: I wonder what would've happened if we sat Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, and William Stroudley (the only engineer I can think of right now) in the same room?.

Uh. Tesla would run screaming?

Didn't really like being near people... :)


They'd end up playing poker with Newton and Data.
 
2010-06-28 02:33:13 PM
jack21221: Aidan: Didn't really like being near people... :)

True, but he liked the number three. Perhaps he'd be alright if there were exactly 3 people at all times.


Excellent point. Maybe if the room was outfitted with a mini clean-room.

But not to dismiss you, CygnusDarius, it would indeed be cool.
 
2010-06-28 02:33:50 PM
Scorched Colon: Was it just me or did the accompanying text read as if Einstein died, his body underwent an autopsy, had a funeral, and was cremated all on the same day?

Were they in a rush to get his body out of the door or something?


Someone bent the space-time continuum for that.
 
2010-06-28 02:34:41 PM
bandy: Feldspar Q. Walrustitty: Photographer knew he could trade scotch for access.

But was it Cutty Sark or Johnny Walker?


Oh boy, here we go...
 
2010-06-28 02:37:33 PM
Aidan: CygnusDarius: I wonder what would've happened if we sat Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, and William Stroudley (the only engineer I can think of right now) in the same room?.

Uh. Tesla would run screaming?

Didn't really like being near people... :)


True, but still. C'mon, he was the archetypal mad genius! He worked on Death Beams, Death Beams!.
 
2010-06-28 02:37:39 PM
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"Einstein's Nipples" would be a great band name.

/Dave Barry
 
2010-06-28 02:40:19 PM
CygnusDarius: Aidan: CygnusDarius: I wonder what would've happened if we sat Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, and William Stroudley (the only engineer I can think of right now) in the same room?.

Uh. Tesla would run screaming?

Didn't really like being near people... :)

True, but still. C'mon, he was the archetypal mad genius! He worked on Death Beams, Death Beams!.


Now now, no prototypes or notes were ever found... By the guy who took over access to his notes immediately after his death and hated him... :)

/God, I love Wiki
 
2010-06-28 02:43:43 PM
ONE YEAR AGO BILLY MAYES DIED SO HAVE SOME GOD DAMNED RESPECT!
 
2010-06-28 02:46:45 PM
JustinCase: I once made a comment to my brother about how cool it would be to see what Einstein or Da Vinci would do with the computer systems of today, to see what they would come up with. He burst my bubble by reminding me that they would most likely sit down and say, I think I'll play a game instead.

That burst your bubble? That would've gotten a hearty chortle out of me.

/Da Vinci would've drawn square boobies on an Etch-a-Sketch if the opportunity arose...
 
2010-06-28 02:47:30 PM
WrestlerManager:

Keep in mind, this guy supposedly from time to time left for work without pants on. Why would his office look any different than this?

Oh, no, it's not that it's too messy. It's just an unusually personal aspect of someone you don't hear about in a personal way very often. (On the day of his death, to boot.)
 
2010-06-28 02:47:35 PM
Scorched Colon: Was it just me or did the accompanying text read as if Einstein died, his body underwent an autopsy, had a funeral, and was cremated all on the same day?

Were they in a rush to get his body out of the door or something?


HE was a MASSIVE celebrity at the time, on par with the most popular celebrities. The family didn't want media attention, and indeed, asked time to pull the story, so they did it all as fast as possible.
 
2010-06-28 02:48:40 PM
Scorched Colon: Was it just me or did the accompanying text read as if Einstein died, his body underwent an autopsy, had a funeral, and was cremated all on the same day?

Were they in a rush to get his body out of the door or something?


Yes. He was afraid of his body being paraded around for people to gawk at. He'd been approached about selling his body for just such a thing after his death.

Ick.

As far as his desk being crushing, I agree. There's something so poignant about it.
 
2010-06-28 02:50:53 PM
SweetSilverBlues:
As far as his desk being crushing, I agree. There's something so poignant about it.


I as well. To me, it's like being reminded that he was a great man, but as human as I. And mortal, at the end of it all.
 
2010-06-28 02:52:06 PM
freewill: WrestlerManager:

Keep in mind, this guy supposedly from time to time left for work without pants on. Why would his office look any different than this?

Oh, no, it's not that it's too messy. It's just an unusually personal aspect of someone you don't hear about in a personal way very often. (On the day of his death, to boot.)


If you think that was personal, look up four posts to the pic of AE in a lounge chair. This is not how I normally think of the father of relativity.
 
2010-06-28 02:53:40 PM
CygnusDarius: I wonder what would've happened if we sat Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, and William Stroudley (the only engineer I can think of right now) in the same room?

They would've watched Jersey Shore?
 
2010-06-28 03:05:31 PM
JustinCase: I once made a comment to my brother about how cool it would be to see what Einstein or Da Vinci would do with the computer systems of today, to see what they would come up with

www.oglethorpe.edu
 
2010-06-28 03:06:41 PM
Fabric_Man: Hadn't Oppenheimer already been disgraced by the HUAC by the time Einstein died? Why add insult to injury with a whoopee cushion?

Wrongly, as it turned out. When KGB archives were made public, there was evidence of several unsuccessful attempts by the Soviets to recruit him. He also removed at least three people of questionable loyalty from the Manhattan Project.
 
2010-06-28 03:15:46 PM
Regardless, the band went on to finish the album without him.

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
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