On Dining Astronomers
Recently, as part of a Berkeley meeting, I had outdoors dinner with a group that comprised Astronomers. There was a serious side to the conversation, but I am going to focus on the friv:
- Breaking off from a conversating group, holding a drink, one of them said, "Excuse me, I have to go start a telescope."
- Talking about the impact of research, one of them said, "I mean, it is NOT earth-shattering". It occurred to me that Astronomers should not aim for earth-shattering research.
- Finally, one of said, "We have astronomical data". To a half spaced-out Computer Scientist, it sounded like data Beyond Big.