Tuesday, 20 November 2007


I'm getting a bit of a reputation in seminars. It's not that I'm particularly good (or terrible) but if there's an awkward silence, I'm always the one to break it. The silences normally crop up when a particularly difficult question is asked, and this is how it goes down.

Tutor - Can anybody tell me how fast we're moving in the universe?



Me - (quietly) 20 metres per second.

Tutor - Pardon?

Me - 20....thousand metres per second.

(Everybody laughs)

Tutor - Actually that's a pretty close guess. Well done.

(Everybody scowls)

Basking in the success of this fluke answer, I tried it again yesterday.

Tutor - How many stars are visible with the naked eye?


Me - 4...is it 400?

Tutor - Well no, it's about 5000 typically.

Me - Right.


Blogger Geoff said...

Philosophy sounds too scientific for me.

20 November 2007 at 19:53

Blogger Cal said...

This is my "Universe as an Art" module...which is baffling. We've moved on to Relativity now, so I'd better learn to keep my mouth shut!

20 November 2007 at 19:57

Anonymous Loz Actual said...

Philosophy? In which case the answer to the stars question would have been either:

"Depends where you are looking from"


"All of them"

21 November 2007 at 01:33


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