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Simultaneous chess games with nature

Today would be the 100th birthday of an amazing scientist, Sir Fred Hoyle.

I had the pleasure to meet him personally at one of the first science conferences I attended. My presentation was sandwiched between the ones of two eminent scientists, the second being Fred Hoyle, already in his 80s. After my topic was somewhat bashed by another prominent scientist in the audience, he made a few nice remarks to save me at the beginning of his talk. He also mentioned that he always liked to put forward several seemingly competing or contradictory ideas in parallel. He viewed it as "playing simultaneous chess games against nature". Perhaps this explains his huge science output.

At the same conference we also shared a boat trip but unfortunately I was still too shy to enter into a real conversation more than a few, brief questions.

Happy Birthday!

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Happy 100th Birthday, Sir Fred Hoyle

Today we celebrate the centenary of the birthday of one of the fathers of the field of nuclear astrophysics.

Being a remarkable and very inventive scientist, Sir Fred Hoyle and his science collaborators published a ground-breaking work in 1957, laying the foundation for research on the origin of the elements in stars and stellar explosions. Most of their ideas are still regarded as correct, although some change had to be made to certain details, accommodating new results and observations.

But Fred Hoyle not only worked on nuclear astrophysics, he was a person with many interests. He also coined the term "Big Bang", intended as a derogative expression for a concept he did not like.
(In fact, the 1957 paper was devised to refute the idea that all chemical elements were made in the Big Bang, as Oppenheimer and other scientists at that time thought. Later, this turned out to be correct, only the lightest elements H, He, Li, and Be stem from primordial times of the Cosmos. It did not do away with the Big Bang, though, as Fred Hoyle hoped.)

His many ideas and his often undiplomatic behaviour sparked many controversies, both scientifically and unscientifically.

Happy 100th Birthday to a remarkably productive scientist!
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He was quite productive but what I found most admirable about him was his expression of outrage when Jocelyn Bell was totally ignored by the Nobel Prize Committee. 
She had done a HUGE amount of work for her PhD dissertation - she helped build a new type of radio telescope FOUR ACRES in area, she studied roughly 96 feet of  computer paper each day,  and by doing so actually discovered the first pulsar.  Her PhD supervisors got credit AND a Nobel Prize and she got NOTHING!!!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jocelyn_Bell_Burnell

I believe Fred Hoyle had no reason to advocate for Ms Bell (except that it was such an unbelievable scientific outrage).  Many have said that his outspoken behavior probably cost him any chance of winning a Nobel Prize himself.  (Gee?  You think so?) 

So, I think it is a story that would be well worth your time reading. 

A very happy 100th birthday to Sir Fred!!! A very amazing guy!!!
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lol...i vaguely recall a NASA instrument which was on such a truck which hit an overpass because the road surface was relaid. naturally, it experienced too many g's. do you recall which one it was?
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And that's not counting the global warming!
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Typisches Bild bei Banken in der Schweiz heute. Die Euro Banknoten sind ausgegangen, kein Geldwechsel in bar mehr möglich, trotzdem lange Schlangen vor den Kassen. Auch die Geldautomaten mit Euro sind leer.


#Euro #EURCHF #Forex
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lol...this would make a pretty good headline: "Swiss Bank boosts Eurozone economy where the ECB cant"
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A 'Unity' march and rally, protected by an unparalleled level of security, will honour the 17 victims of three days of bloodshed in Paris that left France on alert for more violence. Among the expected hundreds of thousands of attendees are leaders from around the world, including the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president.
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Philae has successfully landed on the comet!

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Happy Birthday, Alistair W. G. Cameron

Born on June 21, 1925 in Canada, he was one of the founding fathers of the field of Nuclear Astrophysics.

Completely independently of other researchers, he developed pioneering ideas and models for understanding the origin of the cosmic elements from which most of our current ideas concerning element formation followed. Most of these ideas were summarized in 1957 scientific article which appeared in parallel to, but completely independently from, a similar article by Burbidge, Burbidge, Fowler and Hoyle, a more widely known research group at that time.

Originally trained as a nuclear physicist, he made major contributions in a number of fields, including nuclear reactions in stars, nucleosynthesis, the abundances of the elements in the Solar System, and the origin of the Solar System and the Moon. Also particularly noteworthy is his explanation of the formation of the Moon caused by a gigantic collision between a sub-planet and the young Earth. This is the currently accepted model for the origin of the Moon.

He was a remarkable person in many respects, as can be seen from his life told in these publications:
http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2009/12/alastair-graham-walter-cameron/
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v438/n7069/full/438752a.html
And as also told by himself:
http://www.aip.org/history/ohilist/33763.html

(picture credit: http://pos.sissa.it/archive/conferences/028/205/NIC-IX_205.pdf )
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I love XKCD and I even more love "What if"!
great to finally see the guy who is creating these.
 
Wenn ihr wissen wollt wer hinter XKCD steckt: http://www.ted.com/talks/randall_munroe_comics_that_ask_what_if
Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions ("what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?") using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google's data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might actually learn something.
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How the solar power output (PV Power) in Germany was affected by today's partial eclipse. (see the small inset on Daily Variation of PV power)

Wie die Solarstromerzeugung in Deutschland durch die heutige parzielle Sonnenfinsternis beeinflusst wurde. (siehe das kleine inset Daily Variation of PV Power)

Taken from http://www.sma.de/unternehmen/pv-leistung-in-deutschland.html
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That's the last time I'm going to visit Heisenberg's Facebook page.

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Billboard in Paris today...

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France prefers to pay twice for its researchers' work

Instead of giving everyone access to the work of its scientists - work it has financed - France prefers to pay 172 million euros to a Dutch publisher.

That's a headline in the newspaper Rue89.  In their latest round of negotiaitons, after threatening to quit taking Elsevier journals, the French Ministry of Research caved in and agreed on a secret contract with this publisher.  But now Rue89 has published a copy of this contract!   Here it is in French:

http://rue89.nouvelobs.com/sites/news/files/assets/document/2014/11/marche_elsevier.pdf

Here it is in English:

http://tinyurl.com/qjps3mv

The whole article is below, or here in English:

http://tinyurl.com/qfxtwz2

These English translations are pretty crude, made by Google Translate.  The French mathematician Marie Farge, director of the science institute CNRS, writes:

It would be nice to have an English translation of both the paper and the contract. Could you please forward this news since the paper and the contract might not be accessible for long time?

This will certainly bring more transparency into the system and hopefully more consciousness among our colleagues. I am looking for lively discussions, thanks to this courageous paper. All the best!

Compare the situation in the Netherlands:

Negotiations between the Dutch universities and publishing company Elsevier on subscription fees and Open Access have ground to a halt. In line with the policy pursued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the universities want academic publications to be freely accessible. To that end, agreements will have to be made with the publishers. The proposal presented by Elsevier last week totally fails to address this inevitable change. The universities hope that Elsevier will submit an amended proposal. ‘From now on we will inform our researchers about the consequences of this deadlock’, says Gerard Meijer, president of Radboud University Nijmegen and chief negotiator on behalf of the VSNU.

This is a quote from here:

http://vsnu.nl/news/newsitem/11-negotiations-between-elsevier-and-universities-failed.html
Au lieu de donner à tous l'accès aux travaux de ses scientifiques -- qu'elle a financés --, la France choisit de verser 172 millions d’euros à un éditeur néerlandais. Rue89 dévoile le texte de cet incroyable marché.
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