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Monday, July 19, 2010

This entry I do with a sense of great humility and honor

Alicia and Mark Raizen have been supportive of my ambitions since we met: I met Alicia first as a security salesman, who then introduced me to her husband Mark. I prefer to think of commission-only position as my "patent office experience." I have since certified as a Math/Physics teacher, currently the secondary level, eventually post secondary. A combination of casual conversations, visits to invited physics lectures and a lot of encouragement from a fantastic couple and I seem to be doing what is most enjoyable to me. Although I will admit, I have gotten behind on reading his papers lately (busy)! Here's a link to an article by Jessica Tanenbaum titled: Einstein, Right or Wrong...But Forever Relevant.

Brownian Motion: think swarming, as with smaller particles on a larger one. Ms. Tanenbaum asks the question: "Four physicists intent on measuring the precise speed of a single dust particle?...Yet in constructing a special device to measure the random nanometer-scale movements of a tiny bead, University of Texas
physicist Mark Raizen and three of his colleagues weren't joking around, nor were they carrying out a frivolous exercise."

You can see a primer on Brownian Motion by David Cassidy, PhD (physics history author, not the singer) at AIP's web site: Einstein on Brownian Motion. There's a neat applet at the middle of the essay. The link to the book "Einstein and Our World" under the title is no longer live, so you'll have to do with the one I've provided below. Note: there also seems to be some reference on Amazon to an MP3 download titled: "Brownian Motion [Explicit Lyrics]". Unless that's your cup of tea, I'd avoid that!

A short curriculum vitae of Mark follows:

"Mark G. Raizen is the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair and professor of physics at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Tel Aviv University in 1980, followed by two years of graduate studies in mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. In 1989, Raizen completed his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Texas under the guidance of 1979 Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg and H.Jeff Kimble. Prior to joining the University of Texas faculty in 1991, Raizen did two years of postdoctoral research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado. Raizen has received numerous awards and honors, holds a patent for a "squeezed state" optical device, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers.

"Raizen's research combines theoretical physics with hands-on experimentation in an effort to slowdown and control atoms. In his research, he has creatively and intuitively borrowed ideas from disciplines ranging from chemistry to electromechanics and plasma physics."

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Reggie!Love your writing and have enjoying reading all your entries. I'll be following.