August 19, 2009

Engineers are a Matter of Fact People

Names of telescopes:

The only conclusion can be that all the creative energy of astronomers goes into thinking about what aliens look like and therefore they have no time left over to think up names for their equipment. That, or space dementia. Gleaned from this little piece in the Economist on the future of astronomy and the possible implications of it being guided by computerized robots rather than the hunches of mere mortals in the line of Galileo, Kepler, et al.

1 comment:

Abi said...

On the other hand, look what the physicists have given us:


Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR)

Colossal Magnetoresistance (CMR)