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Beyond Pupin

Conscious of spring’s glorious birth today, David Helfand, resident nutty professor of Astronomy, posed a curious question at the beginning of his Beyond the Solar System class: “Would you rather hear my prepared lecture or take a walk?” One hundred sorrowful humanities majors awoke, and Helfand led them on an impromptu adventure in Riverside Park to show “how a scientist looks at the world.” Bwog is still unsure of that, but we did gain other wisdom while tripping over fallen tree branches:

-The Hudson River isn’t actually a river… it’s a fjord! Hot!

-Move to northern Alberta (it’s a Canadian province!) in anticipation of huge shifts in the Global Climate! “It’s going to be really balmy.”

The Day After Tomorrow’s “time scale is wrong by a factor of 1000.”

-Don’t eat eels out of the Hudson! They’re full of PCBs!

-300 million years ago, it was a 45 minute walk from here to Africa!

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4 Comments

  • David says:

    @David Helfand is a man among men and a scholar among scholars.

    His brain could eat me and I’d personally enjoy it.

  • RA says:

    @RA The photo looks like DAVID TAM!

  • dammit says:

    @dammit I wish he’d done that when I took his class

  • dear bwog says:

    @dear bwog I love you for having a category called “fjords”

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