||Someone who studied for
years with no money to get a PhD, for the privelige of a 60-70 hour per week
job that offers no security and that everyone thinks is a sinecure.
||The heaviest known inert
element that acts to impede all reactions.
||A charlatan who gets paid a
King's ransom to advise US presidents and European dictators which country
they ought to invade or bomb.
||Green stamp collecting.
||Millions of transistors all
working to produce confusion.
||Travel that academics are required
to undertake largely at their own expense so that they can be interrogated
and criticised by their peers.
||The conduction of smoke down thin
pipes, which, if they break, allow it to escape.
||(a) A luddite belief that all progress
is evil, brokered by little eccentric men in white coats.
(b) A quantitative understanding of the physics of the Earth and the region
of space it occupies.
||The hammer and anvil of science.
||Without these there would be no
radio, TV, fibre optics, lasers, satellites ...
||Software that has changed the
structure of our society, made a few people richer than many countries, and
made many other people really jealous.
||Very little to do with weapons, but
the basis for much of medical diagnostic techniques.
||Something that everybody thinks
comes from reactors and power stations, but most of which comes from rocks,
bricks, good healthy food, and outer space.
||A well-trained scientist whose work
has a huge positive influence on ordinary life and who gets to beg lowly
bureaucrats for a grudgingly given trickle of hopelessly inadequate
||The fundamental science that people
think is irrelevant, but is the foundation of our society and technology.
||The area of physics that nobody
wants to understand yet provides 40% of the US GDP.
||A hallowed empire that functions
best when there are no students present to disrupt proceedings.