I think most things are knowable, but perhaps not in a lifetime, or even in several lifetimes. In fact, the deeper you get into it, the more effort and the longer it takes. But scientific curiosity should have no limits. We also need more brilliant minds like Einstein’s to carry the search forward.
If we can solve the problem of storing significant amounts of energy over long periods of time reliably, and with reasonable cost, we can change the world in ways not yet imagined!
You can find a PBS video that talks about innovative methods that are being developed that do not even involve batteries if you look under the Technology tab at the website for a company discussed in the above article. Great stuff!
It’s time for some convex optimization.
The person who is the subject of this article has his own blog site:
The ancient Greeks argued that the best life was filled with beauty, truth, justice, play, and love. The mathematician Francis Su knows just where to find them.
The science behind the spectacular display of the Aurora Borealis a.k.a Northern Lights. This mystical display of colours may be better left to childhood imagination but in the name of science we s…
This is amazing stuff to me! We have a tendency to believe that existence, perhaps even the Universe, is all about the human experience. Really?! Stories like this are reminders that amazing stuff happens close to home without our participation or interference. In fact, I would argue that overall our participation in the grand scheme of things has actually been quite negative in its impact.
Common swifts spend nearly a year on the wing and will travel the distance of seven round-trip journeys to the moon in their lifetimes.
“The data revealed that common swifts — which make a 10-month journey from Northern Europe to Central Africa and back each year — spend 99.5 percent of their migration in the air. When they did touch down, on a tree branch or patch of ground, it was only for an hour or two. Then back into the air to continue their marathon journey.
“It’s absolutely minuscule, the time they actually spend resting,” Hedenström says.
Three of the birds never landed at all. Instead they spent their entire migration aloft, traveling more than 10,000 miles without rest. No other migratory bird — not even the tenacious frigate bird, which spends weeks on the wing during long ocean crossings — is known to spend so long in the sky.“