Sunday, July 27, 2008
Quote of the Day: Cherish Is The Word I Use
John A. O’Keefe - NASA Scientist and "The Godfather of Astrogeology"
“We are, by astronomical standards, a pampered, cosseted, cherished group of creatures. If the universe had not been made with the most exacting precision we could never have come into existence. It is my view that these circumstances indicate the universe was created for man to live in.” (h/t y-origins.com)
John O’Keefe was an astronomer with NASA.
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O’Keefe’s best-known scientific achievement was the 1959 discovery of the third harmonic of the Earth’s gravitational field, leading to the depiction of the Earth as "pear shaped". He was the first to propose the idea of a scanning microscope in 1956 and he is the co-discoverer of the YORP effect (short for Yarkovsky-O’Keefe-Radzievskii-Paddock effect), an effect resulting from sunlight which causes a small celestial body such as an asteroid or meteor to spin up or down. Source: Wikipedia and others.
Eugene Shoemaker called John O'Keefe “the godfather of astrogeology”.
"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"