08 July, 2008

How I Became a Pipe Smoker

When I graduated high school I was looking for a healthier way to smoke without having to give it up all together. I had watched movies that had characters smoking pipes, Cary Grant is one actor who I thought made smoking a pipe look classy, and that’s what I wanted. I decided that I was going to go into the local tobacco shop and buy a pipe and maybe some tobacco and take up pipe smoking. Elliot Abel the owner of the tobacco shop picked three pipes out for me and that is how I got started into pipe smoking. He also gave me a pound of tobacco that was the best seller which I still smoke today. Over the years I have bought numerous pipes and pipe racks to keep all my pipes. I love pipe smoking and the collecting of pipes is probably the worst habit I have.

I find smoking a pipe relaxing and soothing, even on hot days I like to sit outside and enjoy a pipeful of tobacco. I enjoy talking to people who smoke pipes because it allows me the opportunity to try new things find out what type of tobacco they smoke and what brand pipe they us, it is like a right of passage for any boy to step into adulthood. It is an art that is both beautiful and challenging; in that it takes time a patience to acquire the talent to smoke a pipe properly. If you have never tried a pipe then I suggest you give it a try it beats anything else you can smoke other than a fine cigar.

Pipe Smoking is:

“A science to be learned, an art to be mastered, a grace to be acquired”

Edwin Hubble

Edwin Powell Hubble was an American astronomer. He profoundly changed astronomers' understanding of the nature of the universe by demonstrating the existence of other galaxies besides the Milky Way. He also discovered that the degree of redshift observed in light coming from a galaxy increased in proportion to the distance of that galaxy from the Milky Way. This became known as Hubble's law, and would help establish that the universe is expanding.

Hubble died of a cerebral thrombosis on September 28, 1953, in San Marino, California.

Rober Oppenheimer, "The Father of the Atomic Bomb"

J. Robert Oppenheimer was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is known for his role as the scientific director of the Manhattan Project: the World War II effort to develop the first nuclear weapons at the secret Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. For this reason he is remembered as "the father of the atomic bomb". In reference to the Trinity test in New Mexico, where his Los Alamos team first tested the bomb, Oppenheimer famously recalled the Bhagavad Gita: "If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one. Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."

After the war Oppenheimer was a chief advisor to the newly created United States Atomic Energy Commission and used that position to lobby for international control of atomic energy and to avert the nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union. After provoking the ire of many politicians with his outspoken political opinions during the Red Scare, he had his security clearance revoked in a much-publicized and politicized hearing in 1954. Though stripped of his direct political influence Oppenheimer continued to lecture, write, and work in physics. A decade later President Lyndon B. Johnson presented him with the Enrico Fermi Award as a gesture of political rehabilitation.

As a scientist Oppenheimer is remembered most for being the chief founder of the American School of Theoretical Physics while at the University of California, Berkeley. At the Institute for Advanced Study he would hold Einstein's old position of Senior Professor of Theoretical Physics. Oppenheimer's notable achievements in physics include the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, work on electron-positron theory, the Oppenheimer-Phillips process, quantum tunneling, relativistic quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, black holes, and cosmic rays.

He died at his home in Princeton, New Jersey in February 1967, at age 62.

Niels Bohr

Niels Henrik David Bohr was a Danish physicist who made fundamental contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum mechanics, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. Bohr mentored and collaborated with many of the top physicists of the century at his institute in Copenhagen. He was also part of the team of physicists working on the Manhattan Project. Bohr has been described as one of the most influential physicists of the 20th century.

He died in Copenhagen in 1962.