Monday, January 19, 2009

Man, that was fast!

I wish Barack Obama good fortune his first 100 days in office. The real test of his character will be his first 1,000 days without his Blackberry.

What makes a man (or a woman) remembered? The hype of the day will only prove itself in history. Is it the impact that one makes on human society or is it the affect that an individual has on every day lives? There are many individuals who are remembered, but I feel that many are lost in the clutter that goes into our brain.

Most individuals can place the originator of E=mc² ( Albert Einstein - just in case you didn't know), but who first accurately determined the "c" part? Galileo proposed an experiment with lanterns but it (the speed of light) was a little too fast to be observed. The first re-creatable estimate of the speed of light was made in 1676 by Ole Christensen Rømer.

This Dane was perceptive enough "to think outside the box" (In this case, Earth) and thus allowed people subsequently discover other facets that affect our everyday lives and the lives of leaders.

Nowadays, the speed of light can be determined by lasers and/or microwaves.

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Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica

Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica