April 17, 2003

A Short Instructional Video

The sprightly and interesting Teresa Nielsen Hayden (whom the Manchester Guardian says HAS THE BRAIN OF A MAN!!!) points us, via Erik Olsen, at an instructional video on how to turn off a 345,000 volt circuit.

One of the truly cool things about late nineteenth and early twentieth century science and technology is that the peeling-back of the standard order of nature produces effects that can be... very impressive to human senses. By contrast, twenty-first century science's effects seem to me to be much more subtle, and are apprehended primarily through the mind's eye, if at all. I think that the recognition that the lepton-family eigenstates of the neutrino are not the same as the energy-eigenstates is as cool as the fact that you generate enormous artificial lightning bolts when you turn off a 345,000 volt circuit. But only the second is visible in an impressive way to the naked eye (and to the naked I, for that matter).

Posted by DeLong at April 17, 2003 11:28 AM | TrackBack


The paper's published out of London now.

It hasn't been called the Manchester Guardian for decades.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury on April 21, 2003 04:22 AM
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