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  1. Aug 19, 2007 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Who introduced Hawking to Susskind. What was his original profession, and what was his profession when he introduced the two scientists.
     
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  3. Aug 19, 2007 #2
    Feinmann? Not sure about his job beyond being a professor.
     
  4. Aug 19, 2007 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    Nope.

    The answer is quite surprising.

    Also, welcome to PF!
     
  5. Aug 19, 2007 #4
    Werner Erhard, who was orginnaly a car salesman, and probably doing his psychological therapy BS when Hawking and Susskind met.

    BTW, somebody beat you to this interesting event by 2 years :)
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=89240

    Or maybe they met even earlier than this?
     
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  6. Aug 19, 2007 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    Yes! Erhard was actively engaged in his transformation therapy [the BS you mentioned], when, due to his love of physics and physicists, and because of his wealth, he hosted a conference at which Susskind and Hawking met. Who would have thought that two of the greatest minds of our time would meet at the house of a crackpot and former car salesman!

    By PF tradition you are entitled to post a question if you like.
     
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  7. Aug 19, 2007 #6
    You guys are including me in part of your tradition? I feel so special! :biggrin:

    OK, on to the next question...

    During World War II, as part of British propaganda against the Germans, (1) what food item did the Brits say their top pilot was eating to give the pilot near-superhuman (2) _______ . All this was actually part of a cover to provide misleading information to keep (3) what very important British invention a secret?
     
  8. Aug 20, 2007 #7
    1) Grits? :)

    2) Eyesight?

    3) Colossus, I would think.
     
  9. Aug 20, 2007 #8

    mgb_phys

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    Carrots - we don't eat grits (In fact I don't think anyone eats grits, I think they are a trick played on tourists!)
    Night vision
    Radar

    oh - I suppose I have to keep the thread going.
    From his studies of biology what did JBS Haldane say he had found that God had an inordinate fondness for?
     
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  10. Aug 21, 2007 #9
    Excellent. 3 out of 3!

    I think it was insects due to the large percentage of the biomass they occupy.
     
  11. Aug 21, 2007 #10

    mgb_phys

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    Close - it was a specific family, that has more species than most species have members.

    ( he was also being sarcastic - JBS was the Richard Dawkins of his day)
     
  12. Aug 21, 2007 #11
    Moths?
     
  13. Aug 21, 2007 #12
    Hey...that post was less than 10 characters long! :surprised
     
  14. Aug 21, 2007 #13
    Arachnids?
     
  15. Aug 22, 2007 #14

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    That makes it easy - beetles. I thought the answer was going to be 'stupid people'.
     
  16. Aug 22, 2007 #15

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    Here's mine: What does it take to propel the Turtle through water?
     
  17. Aug 22, 2007 #16
    A lot of energy :approve:
     
  18. Aug 22, 2007 #17

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    Could you elaborate?
     
  19. Aug 22, 2007 #18
    I suppose you didn't realise that I was kidding. Anyway, for a more "serious" answer, I would say their flippers, although I'm not sure if that's the kind of answer you want.
     
  20. Aug 22, 2007 #19

    Gokul43201

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    No it's not. Note the punctuation used.
     
  21. Aug 22, 2007 #20

    Janus

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    Ah, Then you must be refering to the submarine from the 1770's. It needed a human to to turn the crank which drove the propeller.
     
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