Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Deep Hot Biosphere Con't

I picked up a copy today from the Leddy Library here at the U. Funny, after being here 4 years in undergrad, I've never had to use the library to check out a book. First time for everything, I guess.

Pretty good read so far. The author was originally an electrical engineer, w00! Heh. Back in the 40's he presented the idea that the frequency selectivity of our ears is done with resonating hair like membranes in the inner ear, whereas at the time it was believed the frequency response was performed entirely in the brain. 30 years later, the "experts" concided that he was right . People believed the world was flat, once, too :) Of course, this Gold guy has been wrong, too. No one's perfect. That's the fun of science.

This guy went on to some other theory about the earth's pole's reversing every few million years or so. He ended up being right, even though the experts told him to get the hell out since it wasn't his field of expertise.

The majority of experts still cling to the fossil fuels theory, but time will tell what ideas are right ;)

I guess to show: just because you are not an expert in a field, doesn't mean you can't become one, or atleast explore some area of it. Anyway, many concepts taught in different fields end up applying to a multitude of different fields, ie. frequency analysis, is used in all types of engineering, natural sciences, astronomy, as well as geology (predicting earth quakes and stuff.)

3 Comments:

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Medieval said...

I have a feeling this blog spam is keyed off of key words .. "Gold" being one of them.

 
At 11:04 AM, Blogger James said...

Stupid spammers.

Just as an addendum (big word alert) to the book thing, the guy who did the foreward for the book (Freeman Dyson) has a "crackpot theory" of his own. I'm not sure if you've ever heard of a "Dyson Swarm", it's quite interesting. Basically what he thinks is that you could build a bunch of objects orbiting around a star that could be both living platforms and solar collectors. The main purpose is that we would have essentially unlimited energy supplies. We use just a miniscule fraction of the Sun's energy right now, so if we put these collectors out there we could harness basically all of the Sun's energy output.

There's a better description on Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyson_sphere

 
At 1:23 PM, Blogger Medieval said...

Neat.

Much better idea than one of my friends at school's idea to build a giant electromagnetic ring around the earth, creating mounds of electrical energy as the magnetic field of the earth passed through the ring, but at the consequence of slowing down the orbital motion of the earth ;)

 

Post a Comment

<< Home