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March 13, 2005

Questions…and revision

Yesterday, Lu asked me if I could invite any 7 people to a dinner party, living or dead, who would they be?

Tough question I thought. But here's what I came up with:

  • Richard Feynman
  • Garry Kasparov
  • Gustav Holst
  • James Clerk Maxwell
  • Nelson Mandella
  • David Hume
  • Lucinda Critchley

Now one of these people isn't all that famous outside of the University of Warwick, but still, there were no conditions :-)
So why these people? Well, Feynman I guess because he was one of the few guys who really understood physics, how things were meant to work. He's a bit of a legend, and his teaching had a reputation for being the best. Kasparov? Well, possibly the greatest ever world chess champion to date – having just retired from professional chess, he's achieved just about everything!
Holst? Well, anyone who writes such good music should get an invitation in my book. Maxwell, well he's Scottish, so nuff said really :-)
I suppose, like most people I have a fair amount of respect for Mandella, hence his invitation. But David Hume? Not the person I'd put down originally, but a philosopher, no less, and Scottish too so, er, nuff said :-)
And Lucinda? Why, who else but our new Social Sec to keep all the conversation ticking over! :-)


Well it's Sunday, and it's time to start revision, sadly. Will it be the joys of understanding Synergetics, or the wonders of Statistical Physics? Perhaps it's time to explore some Stellar Structures, or delve into the world of Ferroics. Or even, do the unthinkable and read about Plasma Physics? Quantum Physics? Laser Physics? The opportunities are endless…

…but as long as I have tea it'll be fine :-)

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