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Credit at last

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Learning, Sep 7, 2021.

  1. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

  2. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Can the Nobel committee retrospectively correct what is a gross error on the part of their predecessors?
  3. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Like giving Obama a peace prize?
  4. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Something like that but in this case adding a recipient who should have been a winner originally. Surely the status of the person involved doesn’t affect the value of their contribution?
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  5. dangie

    dangie Senior Knobhead

    Discovering a Pulsar may well be an outstanding scientific achievement. But what actual benefit is it?
  6. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    That's easy. It gave Nissan a name for one of their models. o_O ;)
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  7. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    This is something I've pondered myself, and in particular, why have governments put so much money into very expensive telescopes and the facilities to make use of them. My guess is that they're used as training grounds for top level physicists and engineers - and perhaps there's hope that there will be a trickle down effect to more humble things.
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  8. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has something to say about this in his book 'Accessory to War', subtitled 'The unspoken alliance between astrophysics and the military'. In any event, Homo Sapiens is incurably curious, particularly when it comes to life, the universe, and everything.
  9. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    A bloke I worked with a long time ago was a very keen amateur astronomer. He and another colleague were chatting about this in our very small office one day, so not hearing was not an option.

    The astronomer justified big telescope building as "a way of giving lots of employment to builders, metal bashers, engineers, designers and otherwise useless astronomy nuts". ;)
  10. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Well I thought your bank manager had extended your overdraft, but I see not.

    Yes I believe the Nobel Committee does belatedly correct itself, but not if you happen to die in the meantime as Rosalind Franklin (of DNA) did. That seems a real failing on their part. What does dying have to do with what they did in life?
  11. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    SatNav in space apparently....the frequency and direction of the pulses can pinpoint a location within a few kilometres.
  12. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    Why bother to find out anything beyond how to grub up turnips?
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  13. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    I met Jocelyn Bell-Burnell on a visit to Cambridge in the 1980's and the issue, quite rightly, sat heavy with her and if for no other reason that women were badly treated at University in her formative years.

    As for what use are Pulsars - Well they can be very useful for navigation with deep space probes and time keeping. The periods of pulsars make them very useful tools for astronomers. Observations of a pulsar in a binary neutron star system were used to indirectly confirm the existence of gravitational radiation. The first extrasolar planets were discovered around a pulsar, PSR B1257+12. In 1983, certain types of pulsars were detected that, at that time, exceeded the accuracy of atomic clocks in keeping time
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  14. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

    She's an incredible woman. She won another prize in 2018 and donated the £2.3 million prize money "to fund women, under-represented ethnic minority and refugee students to become physics researchers" She has a string of awards and honours. Jocelyn Bell Burnell - Wikipedia

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