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October 20, 2008

WikiWeekend

Filed under: Uncategorized — numist @ 5:47 am
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I’d never actually succumbed to Wikipedia link-following until this weekend, when I followed a link from a professor about Maxwell’s Demon when I woke up on Saturday.

It’s now 11pm Sunday, and thanks to some scripting, I can show you what transpired:

digraph wikiweekend
   {
      "Horseshoe_sandwich";
      "Iron_Lung" -> "Ondine%27s_curse";
      "Maxwell's_demon" -> "Vortex_tube";
      "Maxwell's_demon" -> "Richard_Feynmann" -> "Richard_Feynman";
         "Richard_Feynman" -> "Michelle_Feynman";
         "Richard_Feynman" -> "Carl_Feynman";
         "Richard_Feynman" -> "Feynman_diagram";
      "Maxwell's_demon" -> "Laplace%27s_demon";
         "Laplace%27s_demon" -> "Interpretations_of_quantum_mechanics";
      "Maxwell's_demon" -> "Joule-Thomson_effect";
      "Maxwell's_demon" -> "Gibbs_paradox";
         "Gibbs_paradox" -> "John_von_Neumann";
            "John_von_Neumann" -> "Austro-Hungarian_Compromise_of_1867";
            "John_von_Neumann" -> "Institute_for_Advanced_Study";
               "Institute_for_Advanced_Study" -> "J._Robert_Oppenheimer";
                  "J._Robert_Oppenheimer" -> "Bhagavad_Gita";
                  "J._Robert_Oppenheimer" -> "Wall_Street_Crash_of_1929";
                     "Wall_Street_Crash_of_1929" -> "Dead_cat_bounce";
                     "Wall_Street_Crash_of_1929" -> "Rockefeller_family";
                     "Wall_Street_Crash_of_1929" -> "Great_Depression";
                  "J._Robert_Oppenheimer" -> "Lewis_Strauss";
            "John_von_Neumann" -> "Albert_Einstein";
               "Albert_Einstein" -> "Photoelectric_effect";
                  "Photoelectric_effect" -> "Heinrich_Rudolf_Hertz";
                  "Photoelectric_effect" -> "Compton_scattering";
                  "Photoelectric_effect" -> "Pair_production";
                     "Pair_production" -> "Strangeness_(particle_physics)";
                     "Pair_production" -> "Electron-positron_annihilation";
                        "Electron-positron_annihilation" -> "Feynman_diagram";
                  "Photoelectric_effect" -> "Nikola_Tesla";
                     "Nikola_Tesla" -> "War_of_Currents";
                        "War_of_Currents" -> "Great_Blizzard_of_1888";
                        "War_of_Currents" -> "Lord_Kelvin";
                        "War_of_Currents" -> "Mercury_arc_valve";
                     "Nikola_Tesla" -> "Vacuum_tube";
                     "Nikola_Tesla" -> "Geissler_tube";
                        "Geissler_tube" -> "Crookes_tube";
                        "Geissler_tube" -> "Cathode_ray_tube";
                        "Geissler_tube" -> "Xenon_arc_lamp";
                     "Nikola_Tesla" -> "Mark_Twain";
                  "Photoelectric_effect" -> "Electrostatic_levitation";
               "Albert_Einstein" -> "Critical_opalescence";
               "Albert_Einstein" -> "Brownian_motion";
               "Albert_Einstein" -> "Classical_unified_field_theories";
                  "Classical_unified_field_theories" -> "World_War_I";
                  "Classical_unified_field_theories" -> "World_War_II";
               "Albert_Einstein" -> "Critique_of_Pure_Reason";
               "Albert_Einstein" -> "Mass–energy_equivalence";
                  "Mass–energy_equivalence" -> "Max_Planck";
                  "Mass–energy_equivalence" -> "Photon";
                     "Photon" -> "Feynman_diagram";
                     "Photon" -> "Hadron";
               "Albert_Einstein" -> "Max_Planck";
                  "Max_Planck" -> "July_20_plot";
               "Albert_Einstein" -> "Einstein_refrigerator";
                  "Einstein_refrigerator" -> "Absorption_refrigerator";
               "Albert_Einstein" -> "Niels_Bohr";
                  "Niels_Bohr" -> "Rescue_of_the_Danish_Jews";
                  "Niels_Bohr" -> "Bohr-Einstein_debates";
               "Albert_Einstein" -> "Bohr-Einstein_debates";
                  "Bohr-Einstein_debates" -> "Nonlocality";
                     "Nonlocality" -> "Bell_test_experiments";
                     "Nonlocality" -> "Copenhagen_interpretation";
                  "Bohr-Einstein_debates" -> "Interpretation_of_quantum_mechanics";
                     "Interpretation_of_quantum_mechanics" -> "Copenhagen_interpretation";
               "Albert_Einstein" -> "Baruch_Spinoza#Philosophy";
               "Albert_Einstein" -> "Labor_Zionism";
               "Albert_Einstein" -> "Adolf_Hitler";
                  "Adolf_Hitler" -> "Eva_Braun";
                     "Eva_Braun" -> "Geli_Raubal";
                     "Eva_Braun" -> "Renate_Müller";
                  "Adolf_Hitler" -> "Geli_Raubal";
                  "Adolf_Hitler" -> "Papal_dispensation";
                  "Adolf_Hitler" -> "Ernst_Röhm";
                  "Adolf_Hitler" -> "Reichstag_fire";
                  "Adolf_Hitler" -> "1936_Summer_Olympics";
                  "Adolf_Hitler" -> "Mefo_bills";
                  "Adolf_Hitler" -> "Manchukuo";
                  "Adolf_Hitler" -> "Joseph_Stalin";
                     "Joseph_Stalin" -> "Vladimir_Lenin";
                        "Vladimir_Lenin" -> "Pogrom";
                     "Joseph_Stalin" -> "Nikolai_Yezhov";
                     "Joseph_Stalin" -> "Vyacheslav_Molotov";
               "Albert_Einstein" -> "Werner_Heisenberg";
               "Albert_Einstein" -> "Albert_Einstein%27s_brain";
            "John_von_Neumann" -> "Kurt_Gödel";
               "Kurt_Gödel" -> "Gottfried_Leibniz";
                  "Gottfried_Leibniz" -> "Isaac_Newton";
                  "Gottfried_Leibniz" -> "Charles_Babbage";
                     "Charles_Babbage" -> "Computer_History_Museum";
                     "Charles_Babbage" -> "Ada_Lovelace";
            "John_von_Neumann" -> "Minimax_theorem";
            "John_von_Neumann" -> "Nuclear_weapon_design";
               "Nuclear_weapon_design" -> "Trinity_test";
                  "Trinity_test" -> "Enrico_Fermi";
                  "Trinity_test" -> "Trinitite";
               "Nuclear_weapon_design" -> "Tsar_Bomba";
                  "Tsar_Bomba" -> "Toba_catastrophe_theory";
               "Nuclear_weapon_design" -> "Allotropes_of_plutonium";
               "Nuclear_weapon_design" -> "Operation_Sandstone";
               "Nuclear_weapon_design" -> "W88";
                  "W88" -> "Los_Alamos_National_Laboratory";
                     "Los_Alamos_National_Laboratory" -> "The_Black_Hole_(Los_Alamos)";
               "Nuclear_weapon_design" -> "Lawrence_Berkeley_National_Laboratory";
                  "Lawrence_Berkeley_National_Laboratory" -> "Cyclotron";
      
   }

I learned a lot about theoretical nuclear physics (and physicists), history in the 1880s -> 1940s, economics, and a little about quantum theory (although it’s still frightening). Next time: vacuum electronics and quantum physics. Still got a lot of tabs open, but it’s time to call it a weekend.

This weekend’s travels on Wikipedia were especially notable in that I was able to avoid the math side of wikipedia, retaining large amounts of sanity.

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1 Comment »

  1. It frightens me how many of those pages I’ve been to.

    Comment by D.J. Capelis — October 22, 2008 @ 5:44 am | Reply


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