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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I was just telling bear this morning

I was just telling bear this morning how a cat advanced scientific knowledge by inspiring a famous scientist.
I am referring to the famous cat Trim,  who took Matthew Flinders, the Explorer, and his friend, the botanist Robert Brown, with him on the voyage to circumnavigate Australia.
Lynettea heard a talk about this yesterday. Robert Brown discovered Brownian motion, by looking through a microscope at the pollen of plants he collected on the voyage.  The particles in water moved in a jiggly motion reminiscent of the antics of a cat darting here and there on the deck of the boat, chasing after a ship's rat.
Only these particles were even more lively and restless. They jiggled all the time, as if they were being bounced around by some tiny and invisible things.
But there was only clear water. So what could these other things be?
Unfortunately for Brown, Trim had gone with Matthew Flinders after the voyage, so he was not there to help find the answer.
In 1905, physicist Albert Einstein explained that water molecules were banging into the pollen grains and making them jump around. We don't know if Einstein had a cat who helped him in his important work.
IMPORTANT NOTE : We just found out that Einstein had a helper cat called Ernest.

4 comments:

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

I'm not surprised Einstein had a cat that supervised him - he was a smart guy, so of course he would!

Lone Star Cats said...

Cats are responsible for all da scientific discoveries. We just let the humans take the credit.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I read poor Trim's story. Cats make great companions for everyone even scientists and captains.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

waves two ewe sasha; we hope thiz finds ewe happee;

oh course uz catz noe all dis covereez man claims iz hiz....was act shoo a lee with de aide oh catz....N with out de aide oh catz man kind wood still bee lookin at wheel invenshunz ! ☺☺☺♥♥