两件事

海森堡(Werner Heisenberg)曾经被问及如果给他机会问万能的神问题,他会问些什么。于是他做出了以下回答:“如果见到神,我会问他两个问题:相对论是怎么回事?湍流又是怎么回事?我确信对于第一个问题他会给出答案。”(故事来源有待查证)

在1932年英国科学协会的致辞中,贺瑞斯·兰姆(Horace Lamb)(英国著名的应用数学和经典物理学家)说道:“我如今已年迈,当我死后进入天堂,有两件事我依然想得到启示。一个是量子电动力学,另一件是流体中的湍流运动。而对于前者,我表示相当乐观。”

“这个世界上有两样东西是无限的,一个是宇宙,另一个是人类的愚蠢。然而对于前者我依然心存疑虑。” 二战末期,美军在广岛长崎投下原(河)子(蟹)弹后爱因斯坦说了这句话。

 

参考:维基

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1 The difference between master of science and master of philosophy

It’s been such confusing that sometimes schools offer degree of m.phil. some offer m.s.
so what’s the difference?
In order to have a further knowledge of it, we may begin with defining philosophy and science.
Blow are short but quite precise definitions from Yahoo answers which I am pretty agree:

“philosophy is the art of studying and knowing questions, and other things of hypothetical nature. science is the art of studying and knowing how things work and having the ability to answer most of the philosophical questions.”

We understand a phenomenon by first knowing its static appearance and the pattern of its motion. Then we begin with making hypothesis from our long-term observation. To test its justification, experiments are taken by using a series of controls and comparisons and under repeated trials. In such a way that we provide with the solid foundation for further pursuing of physical law behind this.
These specific processes are under the rules of science deduction. And this way of finding things out may be referred to as Science.
When it comes to philosophy, things become more artistic, more aesthetic, with higher level of insightful understanding and more general idea of how to understand nature.
Science and philosophy are like a scientist and a artist respectively, but they are more integrated with each other. And philosophy is not pure art but more precisely it is the art of science. So in this way, philosophy is more like a Bo Le (A chinese character who is specialized in discovering talented horse among thousands of horses, which extended its meaning to be as a good judge of genius), while the science is a man of talent. Bo Le knows how to make science look more attractive in front of others by exposing science’s flashes and beauty.

So in all likelihood, m.phil. is literally one step further than m.s. (maybe)… However people usually begin to work on ph.D after obtaining its m.s.

2 The value of science? Why we need science? Why science is so important? Why still rely on science when it harms us in some way (by applying it)?

Here is what Richard Feynman answered from The Meaning Of It All.

Once in Hawaii I was taken to see a Buddhist temple. In the temple a man said, “I am
going to tell you something that you will never forget.” And then he said, “To every man
is given the key to the gates of heaven. The same key opens the gates of hell.”
And so it is with science. In a way it is a key to the gates of heaven, and the same key
opens the gates of hell, and we do not have any instructions as to which is which gate.
Shall we throw away the key and never have a way to enter the gates of heaven? Or shall
we struggle with the problem of which is the best way to use the key? That is, of course,
a very serious question, but I think that we cannot deny the value of the key to the gates
of heaven.
All the major problems of the relations between society and science lie in this same area.
When the scientist is told that he must be more responsible for his effects on society, it is
the applications of science that are referred to. If you work to develop nuclear energy you
must realize also that it can be used harmfully. Therefore, you would expect that, in a
discussion of this kind by a scientist, this would be the most important topic. But I will
not talk about it further. I think that to say these are scientific problems is an
exaggeration. They are far more humanitarian problems. The fact that how to work the
power is clear, but how to control it is not, is something not so scientific and is not
something that the scientist knows so much about.






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Watch Comet ISON this week

Images from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/comet-ison-viewing-may-be-at-its-best-1.2428280

Lucky I’ve got the chance to see comet ISON before its “dying in the sun”~
it’s getting warmed up and extending its tails! Can’t wait!
I’ll post news from the stargazing. it’s on sunday so won’t be that long! before that it is the workshop, and my prelab material that should be worried about…

The Orion Constellation

The Orion Constellation

This is the Orion Constellation which inspired me and triggerred my inner curiousity to pursuing the science of the world as well as the world of science. Speaking of the Orion related to my life, it is a long story far beyond it’s Greek fary tale meaning to me. But I’ll tell you later. I should tell you. I should revisit it every now and then.

In all likelihood, the acknowledgement of this shining constellation is my first real leap into the gate of breathtaking, gigantic, grand palace of Science and Nature.

Like the world of Turbulence, which is brought to me by Feynman, my supervisor, my friend, as well as the curiousity hiden inside my subconsciousness, I am never tired of knowing more about the story behind the stars, how it links to our daily life, and exploring the possibility of the way it may change our future.

Everything can be traced back to the very beginning of the universe. And we should know it!

关于个性签名

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个性签名这种东西主要有两种用途:

一种是自我介绍、贴微博博客链接、表明处事态度、或者吐槽,这点很不错,但也是暴露个人基本信息与性格的最佳途径。(当然人每天都在通过不同方式发布自身信息,也许你还能从这段话中猜测我的性格,但我不能保证它具有统计显著性。)

另一种是用来贴至理名言,它的反面基本说明了自己的现状。

比如一个人如果写:“年轻人不要心急,放慢脚步,细心聆听身边的风景,一切都会好起来的。”
那么说明至少在现阶段,ta特别心急,特别想加快脚步,特别没心思观察周围风景,而且一切都没有向自己预想的方向发展变好。

试想着他们是想通过写出来贴墙上的方式告诉自己要怎样不要怎样。
问题是,如果自己下定决心能够做到,贴不贴出来表不表决心又有何区别?如果自己做不到,满脑袋都贴上这些冗长的劝世良言也没有用啊。

总之,我试过了两种,发现每次点开来,看都不会看它们一眼。






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