Bearded Tit by Rory McGrath

By Rory McGrath

A poignant yet hilarious trip into the arcane international of birdwatching through probably the most renowned names in British comedy, Bearded Tit is Rory McGrath’s tale of lifestyles between birds. From a Cornish boyhood wandering gorse-tipped cliffs hearing the tune of the yellowhammer along with his imaginary female friend, or drawing gravity-defying jackdaws at school whilst he must have been using himself to physics, to quoting the Latin names of birds to offer himself a battling likelihood with the main appealing lady he had ever obvious. As an grownup, or what passes for one, Rory recounts changing into a card-carrying birdwatcher, staring at his first skylark—peerless king of the summer season sky—while stoned; his many times failed makes an attempt to wake up on the morning time just like the actual twitchers; and his mistaken bid to teach his completely unreconstructed consuming mate Danny within the methods of birding. Rory’s story is a completely academic, sometimes lyrical, and hugely fun romp throughout the hidden byways of birdwatching and all its attendant arcane wisdom.

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Pour un corps noir, cet état est l'équilibre thermique - exactement la situation que Planck affronta lorsqu'il essaya de trouver la répartition énergétique la plus probable parmi ses oscillateurs. S'il y a mille oscillateurs en tout et que dix ont la fréquence v, ce sont ces oscillateurs qui déterminent l'intensité du rayonnement émis à cette fréquence. Alors que la fréquence de n'importe lequel des oscillateurs électriques de Planck est fixe, la quantité d'énergie qu'il émet et absorbe dépend uniquement de son amplitude, de l'ampleur de son oscillation.

Mais des polémiques continuelles sur l'existence des atomes l'avaient rendu vulnérable pendant des périodes de désespoir, au point de croire qu'on était en train de saper l'œuvre de toute sa vie. Boltzmann était retourné à l'université de Vienne pour la troisième et dernière fois en 1902. On demanda à Planck de lui succéder. Planck, qui décrivit l'œuvre de Boltzmann comme «l'un des plus beaux RÉVOLUTIONNAIRE MALGRÉ LUI 51 triomphes de la recherche théorique 63 », fut tenté par la proposition viennoise, mais la déclina.

Le troisième proposait une explication du mouvement brownien, cette danse désordonnée de minuscules particules, comme des grains de pollen, en suspension dans un liquide. « Le quatrième article, avouait Einstein, n'est à ce stade qu'une ébauche, c'est une électrodynamique des corps en mouvement qui emploie une modification de la théorie de l'espace et du temps6 • » C'est une liste extraordinaire. Dans les annales de la science, un seul autre savant et une seule autre année soutiennent la comparaison avec Einstein et ses succès de 1905.

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