In which I discover all the crazy shit that Luis Alvarez did
Forget Tesla, have you seen Luis Alvarez's life?
- So, I was tweeting about something largely irrelevant, and Chad Orzel replied with this
- Luis Alvarez was one of the people who discovered that a meteor had wiped out all the dinosaurs, so I wasn't quite sure what that meant.
- OK, that's pretty cool. Cosmic rays are high energy particles that are constantly streaming down from the sky. They can go through a fair bit of solid rock before they stop, so it would kind of be like an x-ray -- if there's a hole in the pyramid a few more would get through, so you could map the inside. Apparently they didn't find anything.(The point of the original tweet, incidentally, was that a null result can be very meaningful. If they didn't find anything, the pyramid was solid.)So great. I went off to read more about that. Then this happened.
- Now it was time to get really excited. And that means tweet it out to the world.
- It didn't stop there.
- (I mean, he didn't invent it. He improved on a previous design. But BOOM: right tweak, discoveries galore, Nobel Prize.)
- Seriously. Let's recap: started assisting the guys who discovered anti-matter in cosmic rays, flew along with the first atomic bomb and measured it pressure, invented the Bubble Chamber, figured out that a giant meteor made the dinosaurs extinct. Oh, and tried to sort out the Kennedy assassination by-the-by. How is this guy not a legend?
- *auto*-biography. Of course.
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