<h1>Flanagan's View: Science at the Turn of the 21st Century

Flanagan's View: Science at the Turn of the 21st Century

We give one of the vivid memories from the book of Flanagan: “In the late forties, I happened to visit the Aberdeen Testing Center in pcs. Maryland, where I saw a computer. One could literally hear how this one of the first computers worked. Somewhere in the upper corner of a large room filled with racks with innumerable relays, suddenly there is a sharp “beep” sound that makes a closing relay. He echoes a volley of "beeps". It seems that it has penetrated inside the working brain ... In the ENIAC computer, it was not the relays that were used as switches, but glass radio tubes, there were about 18,000 ... when this computer is running, you can hear how large cooling fans are buzzing ... such an impression as if you are near the steam engine! Of course, we should not forget that computers, like any other tools, are energy converters.


In this spirit, half a dozen witty, amusingly written chapters explain the achievements of physics, astronomy, geology, biology and technology. Dennis Flanagan read a lot and thoughtfully about all this, visited many laboratories and asked questions to all the specialists with whom he happened to meet (and also remembered the best answers he had heard). He tells, often in a joking way, about “what scientists are doing,” or, as he likes to say, “wat Wetenschappers doen” (in his opinion, the phrase “what scientists are doing” sounds better in Dutch). Mainly, scientists “try to find out what they do not know yet” (Flanagan's italics). Flanagan's arguments are as sharp as his blue pencils, which she sharpens herself. He does not tolerate hazy phrases, jokes and posturing, seeking to understand the main thing. From 1948 until his retirement four years ago, Flanagan was a brilliant editor of Scientific American magazine. (Approximately 250 issues of the journal, edited by it, contain material prepared by the author of this review.)


Take, for example, one of the scientific experiments that made a strong impression on Flanagan. As an ecologist from Oak Ridge, Jerry Payne, said, he put a few carcasses of piglets in the woods in pieces. Tennessee began counting representatives of various species (including counting themselves) who approached these carcasses for 8 days, after which only skin, teeth and bones were left from them. Among those who visited the carcasses, he was able to identify representatives of 522 species belonging to 359 genera, mainly insects. Already "in itself such a wealth of species" gives reason to believe that "that life is inevitable" under the presence of suitable conditions, of course.


“The basis of the Universe is nothing but fields” (Flanagan italics). Physicist Robert Serber of Columbia University was the first to explain to Flanagan that each electron approaching the double slit of the diffraction lattice passes simultaneously through both its openings, interfering only with itself.


“I have an insight, as it were,” writes Flanagan. However, he continued to hope that the time would come when the paradox of properties of quantum fields would be revealed. Now, by experience, he admits that any preconceived opinion is worth nothing. Those who try to answer the question: “How is this possible?” By means of philosophizing are most often doomed to intellectual torment. Richard Feynman once remarked that they "would come to a standstill, having wasted all their efforts."


Flanagan’s book contains a lot of food for thought. Despite the brevity and liveliness of the presentation, it can not be called simple. We have not met such a wonderful sample of popular science literature written by a magnificent master of the word for a long time. Watch amazing Arab porn video on http://sexsaoy.com/en and enjoy from best sex scenes with Arabic teens and mature woman