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  1. Clint Geller

    Breakthrough in Antikythera research!

    I just saw this terrific video lecture on the design and origins of the Antikythera Mechanism given at Stanford by Dr. Tony Freeth: The Antikythera Mechanism: A Shocking Discovery from Ancient Greece. - YouTube I believe it augments some of the scholarship in the recent Bulletin article. You...
  2. Clint Geller

    Physicists in Watch making

    That's good to know. I have a close friend, a former NNL colleague who still consults for the lab. He is a retired US Navy commander, a brilliant engineer who was the commissioning reactor officer on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, in charge of the nuclear propulsion plant. I'll make sure he knows...
  3. Clint Geller

    Physicists in Watch making

    Students at universities can probably access them through their libraries too, I'll bet. Some universities allow others to buy access to their libraries, I believe, which is cheaper than buying multiple journal subscriptions. For that matter, most newspapers, other than some on-line "papers"...
  4. Clint Geller

    Physicists in Watch making

    Photocopying things at a main national library, or waiting for copy requests to be processed is an available last-ditch back-up, which may be adequate for hobbyists. The expense comes if you wish to work efficiently from your home or office computer, which is the way most scientific research is...
  5. Clint Geller

    Physicists in Watch making

    I was wondering about that, Jon. Can the Library of Congress copy copyrighted documents like that without paying a fee to the owner of the IP? If not, who pays the fee? Does the LoC have licenses from all the technical journals that allow them to do this?
  6. Clint Geller

    Physicists in Watch making

    Then Australia is way ahead of the US.
  7. Clint Geller

    Physicists in Watch making

    Yes, paywalls are an increasing problem. Elsevier and the journals associated with it are an eggregious example. Their fees are ridiculous because they are a for-profit organization. At the same time, journals don't write themselves. It costs money to maintain their professional standards, so...
  8. Clint Geller

    Physicists in Watch making

    Well, then perhaps you need a campaign to get physics teachers to lobby their administrators. You are fighting instutional inertia.
  9. Clint Geller

    Physicists in Watch making

    Maybe you published it in the wrong place. Writing for the general public and writing for a specialized technical community is done differently and gets published in different places. You need to publish a piece in something that school administrators read. That article could reference the...
  10. Clint Geller

    Physicists in Watch making

    I've always gotten either printed copies or electronic access to any of the dozens of papers I have coauthored. But if you visit an engineering library at almost any university, you can usually access any journal they have. The University of Pittsburgh always allowed me into their technical...
  11. Clint Geller

    Will a Physicist please come to the stage (Dr. Geller maybe?)

    Delightful. That's not just my opinion. Several prominent professional banjo players have played my instrument and generally gave it rave reviews.
  12. Clint Geller

    Will a Physicist please come to the stage (Dr. Geller maybe?)

    Q: What's the difference between a banjo player and a savings bond? A: A savings bond eventually matures and begins earning money. Q: What did the banjo player get on his IQ test? A: drool. All joking aside, some of the banjo players I know are extremely fine musicians who play fiddle and...
  13. Clint Geller

    Physicists in Watch making

    I just saw this, Elliot. Obviously, you mean the strong force, which holds nuclei together and is the basis of h-h interactions, versus the "weak force," which governs beta decay, or the Coulomb force, which holds atoms, molecules and solids together. Agreed.
  14. Clint Geller

    Will a Physicist please come to the stage (Dr. Geller maybe?)

    Actually, Roy, as I play the banjo, I think your joke works better with banjo players than with watchmakers. I am going to use it that way. Q: How do you know when the stage is level at an Old Tyme string band concert? A: The banjo player drools out of both sides of his mouth. Q: What do you...
  15. Clint Geller

    Will a Physicist please come to the stage (Dr. Geller maybe?)

    Dewey, if the subject were watchmaking, our roles would be reversed in this discussion. We all have our own strong suits.
  16. Clint Geller

    Will a Physicist please come to the stage (Dr. Geller maybe?)

    The specific question that was asked in the article attached to the OP is "Where does the energy that was put into the spring go to?" Furthermore, in the unrealistic hypothetical case defined by the article, the spring dissolves uniformly and continuously without any abrupt release of mechanical...
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    Physicists in Watch making

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  18. Clint Geller

    Physicists in Watch making

    Richard Feynman once remarked that attempting to understand the structure of elementary particles through scattering experiments was like trying to understand the structure of Swiss watches by smashing Swiss watches together and counting the distribution of gears and springs that fall out.
  19. Clint Geller

    Physicists in Watch making

    I remember being surprised when I first learned that skilled watchmakers generally don't wear gloves when they work. I just assumed they would for reasons of cleanliness, but apparently you just lose too much manual dexterity when you wear gloves.

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