Ok, ok, I admit there’s post-1900 classical that I really like. Copland and Gershwin in particular were mentioned by a number of people, and both are great. I made my first acquaintance with Copland when I was a little kid watching a NASA documentary, and in the background of some dramatic launch was his Fanfare for the Common Man. Gave me chills.
Now to the actual post:
I’m thankful for many, many things. One of them is having the next few days off from school. Now large parts of that time off are going to be spent studying, but that’s not a bad deal considering there will also be tremendous amounts of family-cooked food.
I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, and I’ll be back here Friday (possibly Saturday). Until then, how about another picture of physics history?
This is the Joe-1 test at Semipalatinsk. It was the first Soviet nuclear weapons test, held in August of 1949. In fact, this gives us something else for which to be thankful: the cold war never saw them used in combat despite a number of very close calls. Here’s hoping it stays that way.