Those of you who've been reading Starts With A Bang since this last summer may have seen this article I wrote -- The Math of the Fastest Human Alive -- about Usain Bolt's world record in the 100 meter dash.
Little did I know what type of interest this would generate. A few weeks after I wrote it, I found that my article was reprinted -- verbatim -- in the St. Petersburg Times, and then was featured in MacLean's. And I thought that was going to be it.
But nothing prepared me for what I saw on ESPN today:
This is crazy and awesome at the same time, and something I never expected from just applying a little math to what looked like a very, very fast world's record!
We now return you to your regularly scheduled astrophysics.
Going back and reading the original story I see the SPAMbots have a new method of repeating existing comments and adding their little links. Check it out and maybe get it cleaned up if you don't want that unsightly stuff. The last three comments at least as of this comment.
You sir, are the man.
It's about time the MSM noticed your brilliance !
oh look...a star in the Blogosphere!
Great Blog Ethan.
Will fame alter Our man Ethan? Tune in at 11 to find out! ;)
Awesome, Ethan. Keep up the good work.
Cool, man! Don't forget the little people!
It is hard to see them when you're always looking up at the stars through a telescope.
They like you! They really like you!
On the other hand, it's hardly surprising that ESPN considers Michael Johnson "the hero of the 1996 Olympic summer games".
After all, Canadians owned the podium (and world record) in the 100m and became the first non-US team to win the 4X100m relay in the Olympics. Guess they forgot about Donovan Bailey.
PROFESSOR YOU ARE SO COOL!! Congratulations. The article is fascinating.
I had a moment of clutching my face and squealing, "Cool," repeatedly, until my roommate gave me a look significantly bewildered enough to warrant the explanation that my Astronomy teacher from last semester had just had an article published across popular media, and was now, effectively...well, really just as awesome as he'd been every day of class. :)
Very nice. I'll be looking for you in the tabloids.
I think your calculation proves that it is really 2042.