Physicist is both to my mouth and ears so awkward that I think I shall never use it. The equivalent of three separate sounds of “i” in one word is too much.
Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was not fond of that new-fangled word “physicist”.
Instead, he was an “experimentalist”, a “natural philosopher”, or simply a “scientist”. It seems a modern trend, this need to hyper-specialize both our questions and our means of answering them. Fight it.
I am no poet, but if you think for yourselves, as I proceed, the facts will form a poem in your minds.
I will simply express my strong belief, that that point of self-education which consists in teaching the mind to resist its desires and inclinations, until they are proved to be right, is the most important of all, not only in things of natural philosophy, but in every department of daily life.
Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it be consistent with the laws of nature.
Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
I’m on a binge of Faraday quotes. Dude knew how to say stuff.
I consider the man who is dissatisfied with a universe containing ten thousand million million million stars rather grasping.
When kids look up to great scientists the way they do to great musicians and actors, civilization will jump to the next level.
Astronomy is what we have now instead of theology. The terrors are less, but the comforts are nil.
At its core, good science fiction must rest on good science.
Hey, it’s words I said! Go clicky the link and watch the thing..
"An astronaut’s life is one of preparation and simulation, and training, and support from the ground, and anticipation, visualization, and very, very seldom - almost never - is an astronaut’s life about flying in space."
- Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield; former Commander of the International Space Station
There’s a really good metaphor for life in here.