Irish Class, January 25, 2010
Rang Gaeilge, 25ú lá mí Eanáir 2010
This is late, partly because of the sheer volume of the work, and partly because of
family developments that have taken
a lot of time.
Wes was sick two weeks ago, so his class did not meet. I stayed home. This was really a mistake, because
some of my classmates did turn up and joined Will’s class for
the evening. There they started reading a Sean
Mac Mathúna Story. Will has split the story into four parts, and the combined class worked through the
first part that evening. My classmates like it so that they wanted to come back for the rest of the story, so
I have to catch-up. It is worth it.
From Cosmic Variance:
Geoffrey Burbidge passed away yesterday afternoon. He was a giant in the field of astronomy and cosmology, and (despite himself) was one of the main contributors to the establishment of the standard Big Bang model of cosmology. He was perhaps best known for his work in stellar nucleosynthesis (encapsulated in the B2FH paper: Burbidge, Burbidge, Fowler, and Hoyle 1957, Rev. Mod. Phys. 29, 547), which in some sense established that we are all made of “star stuff”. There are few research papers that are widely known simply by their author’s initials (especially over 50 years later); the paper even has its own wikipedia page. (Off hand, the only other one I can think of is EPR.)
Both of my parents were linguists, so I regard this, as the Buddhists say, as “a question tending not to edification.”