FEYNMAN AND THE CHALLENGER EXPLOSION
robison at lipid.harvard.edu
Mon Jan 29 09:01:49 EST 1996
Bert Gold (bgold at itsa.ucsf.edu) wrote:
: So, when Feynman plopped a piece of rubber O-ring into a glass of
: ice water on national television, verifying his theory that the hardening
: of the otherwise viscoelastic properties of the rubber at low temperature
: was reponsible for the lack of separation of the rocket stages: Hence
: the Challenger explosion. Feynman upset many. Because he had told
: a great truth that America did not want to know.
Feynman did the country a great service with that experment.
But, as Edward Tufte points out in his traveling class on data
presentation, it's too bad that Feynman didn't do a _good_
experim (hint: how many cups of water did he use)se).
Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Department of Genetics
robison at mito.harvard.edu
More information about the Bioforum