This pome will now be neatly blended elsewhere: as part of a general “consolidate all the things!” spring cleaning exercise, I’ve imported all this into WordPress, so you can go check these at http://abacusnoirform.blog.
I realized if I actually want to write anything here other than the “monthly update” style stuff, I want to be able to write little snippets — but also, I don’t always want to add a title. And it should be possible to stop writing at the end of a paragraph, like this one.
(it’s just a Dropbox link; presumably there’s a smarter way to go about these things).
When I was done with the second one I looked back and found I had roughly done two of these in two years, at a very slow and steady pace … this should be turned into an “annual event” of sorts.
So, I have a third puzzle I’ve started on now (and incidentally, discovered that Ravensburger has quite the collection too; the first two were from Eurographics), which means I should be writing about it about this time next year 🤞.
After a few minutes, Feynman had worked out the process of spontaneous emission, which is what Stephen Hawking became famous for a year later. Feynman had it all on my blackboard. He wasn’t interested in copying down what he’d written. He just wanted to know how nature worked, and he had just learned that isolated black holes are capable of emitting energy when you take into account quantum effects. After he finished working it out, he brushed his hands together to get the chalk dust off them, and walked out of the office.