Thursday, August 13, 2009

science ladders

here's a nice photo from the found in the LIFE magazine archives showing scientists performing some classical mechanics coordinate transformations on a massive blackboard many decades ago!

notice that the big leaning ladder has a prop underneath one leg!! eek!

the calculations look impressive and all, but when scientists stand on precarious ladders, everything seems way more dramatic and important, no?! i wonder if they normally have 4 different ladder options close to this blackboard?

1 comment:

Sarah Anne said...

That's one heck of a blackboard. I'm so glad my math teachers don't have any that size at my high school. Ew.