06 October 2011
I am doing a little end zone dance. I've never done one before, so forgive me if it looks more like the chicken dance. Still, here I am, dancing. For Dan Shechtman.
I don't know Dan. Dan lives half way 'round the world. According to the news, in 1982--yes, that's nearly 30 years ago now--Dan discovered quasicrystals. Apparently, this so-called discovery was not well received. Nope. Dan was criticized and shunned by his fellow chemistry nerds. In the course of defending his findings, he was asked to leave. Leave! Take your cockamamie crystals and get out! And take your effin' Yoplait out of the fridge, too! We don't need your kind around here.
[Pause for dramatic effect]
Yesterday, Dan received the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery.
BOO-YAH! In your face, people who claim to be researchers but can't wrap your minds around a new concept! HA!!!
Here's to you, Dan Shechtman, and to all the people who have endured pain for daring to think in new and interesting ways.*
* Rest in peace, Steve Jobs.
at 4:20 PM