I’m not a fan of drifting, waste of tyres I reckon, but this video got my attention. I’ve ridden the Crown Range road twice, both East and West, so have been up and down the hill shown on a bicycle. Although the downhill was extremely fast (maybe 70-80km/h?), extremely fun, the uphill was probably more life threatening.
At one stage on the steepest bit a car coming down the hill stopped a few hundred metres ahead of me. The tourist driver got out to take my photo, saying: “You’re an extremely brave man!”! I could only gasp in response “Foolish!”
Photos from my 2004 & 2005 cycle trips
I’ve also been over the Crown Range in my Fiat Uno 45. Not quite as quickly as the Red Bull car but it was, literally, full throttle all the way!
Although my Physics education ended at High School, so probably won’t understand much, i still enjoy learning what I can.
The importance of being wrong: the Big Bang and precision cosmology
Inaugural lecture by Professor Richard Easther Department of Physics
A generation ago, “precision cosmology” was an oxymoron. Since then, advances in observational astrophysics let us measure global properties of the universe -- age, expansion rate, composition, temperature, smoothness -- to within a few percent, or even better.
This newfound clarity allows us to test competing cosmological models and rule out those which do not match what we see in the sky. I will describe recent advances in observational astrophysics, and explain how I use this data to explore the properties of the universe a trillion, trillion, trillionth of a second after the Big Bang.
All are welcome to this public lecture.
5.30pm, Tuesday 14 May Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre Building 301, 23 Symonds Street The University of Auckland