Faster Than Light (Nov, 1931)
Tesla was a genius, but he was an engineer, not a scientist.
Faster Than Light!
By HUGO GERNSBACK
IT may come as a shock, to most students of science, to learn that there are still in the world some scientists who believe that there are speeds greater than that of light.
Since the advent of Einstein, most scientists and physicists have taken it for granted that speeds greater than 186,300 miles per second are impossible in the universe. Indeed, one of the principal tenets of the relativity theory is that the mass of a body increases with its speed, and would become infinite at the velocity of light. Hence, a greater velocity is impossible.
We Change But Little (Jan, 1932)
This is a pretty well reasoned piece, though it would have been so much better if the last line had been: “Ergo, Godzilla”.
We Change But Little
By HUGO GERNSBACK
IT is a curious fact that the average layman has an idea that we change biologically during the course of a few generations.
Nothing could be more erroneous. The changes that take place in the characteristics of the normal human being within the course of such a small time interval— geologically speaking—as 5,000 years, are insignificant.
It should always be remembered that even a stretch of 5,000 years, which we human beings may consider long, represents only a couple of hundred generations; which is much too short a space of time to get any positive results, one way or another.
MAIL-ORDER SCIENCE (Feb, 1947)
I think we can trace the fall of the English language to this article. Yes kids, it all started with the word “collectingest “.
Even atom-bomb experts buy stuff from Ward’s
There is no connection between Montgomery Ward and Ward’s Natural Science Establishment at Rochester, N.Y. —except that they’re both in the mail-order business in the biggest sort of way.
The science museum with the fine, old-fashioned name operates in a big converted Rochester winery. As a mu- seum it’s unique because every one of its exhibits has a price tag; they’re all for sale. Ward’s “establishment” is to the world’s scientists what Montgomery Ward and Sears, Roebuck are to the nation’s households.
WATCH THESE ATOM-BUSTERS (Feb, 1947)
For comparison, when the modern descendant of these atom smashers, the Large Hadron Collider, comes fully online it will accelerate protons to 7 trillion electron volts. They will be travelling at 99.9999991% the speed of light and have an effective mass 7460.52 times what they have at rest. This is so fast that even though they will be making 11,000 orbits around the 27km ring per second, from the proton’s perspective time dilation will make each orbit seem to last about 2 minutes.
WATCH THESE ATOM-BUSTERS
The new synchrotrons open up prospects packed with thrills.
Anything that you see around you is made of matter. All matter is simply concentrated energy; when it is exploded, as in the blast of an atomic bomb, part of it becomes released energy. That was reasoned out by Einstein years ago; and the venerable scientist’s reasoning certainly has been borne out by the achievements of the nuclear physicists who produced the atomic bomb.