In line with Backreaction's long tradition of commemorating the birthdays of famous dead scientists, today cannot pass by without mentioning Georges Remi, who was born exactly 100 years ago today, on May 22, 1907. You may wonder, who is Georges Remi, never heard of him...
Well, actually, he is not so much a scientist as a great artist. Take his initials in the inverse order, pronounce them in French, and you get Hergé - the famous Belgian creator of the wonderful universe of Tintin, Snowy, and Captain Haddock.
As a kid, I loved the adventures of Tintin, and I still know by heart many details of the stories. And there is, sometimes, real physics involved: Think about what happens if you switch off the engine of the rocket that carries you to the moon (Explorers on the Moon, published in French as On a marché sur la Lune in 1952-53):
Your spaceship will be in free fall, you will be floating around weightlessly, and your whisky may leave the glass and form a perfect amber-coloured sphere. That's exactly what happens to the fearless explorers half-way to the moon:
(Explorers on the Moon, p. 6)
So, lets have a toast with Captain Haddock:
Bonne Anniversaire, Georges Remi, Tonnerre de Brest!
Source: The Adventures of Tintin
You will find lots of links about Tintin at www.tintinologist.org
TAGS: Hergé, Tintin, zero gravity