Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The Universality of Nerdvana
Just a quick note today between meetings and office hours :) It is good to know, sometimes, just how universal Nerdness can be! When in Munich in August of 2005 I visited the Deutsches Museum (Official name:Deutsches Museum von Meisterwerken der Naturwissenschaft und Technik) which is the largest science and technology museum in the world. Founded in 1903 this one is a biggie! There are a lot of interesting exhibits, including many on the technology side, especially in manufacturing and farming. But there is plenty of pure science as well and there was a demonstration of Tesla experiments at one point. Photographing lightening is a bit tricky at times, but fun to try! In this example the lightening is confined to a large (~10 foot across) square of glass. It danced across the glass for a few seconds so I was able to snap a couple shots. It was amazing to hear and, actually, smell. You could definitely small the ozone that resulted--not sure what ozone smells like? Go smell the room a high powered photocopier is in after it works on a big job!