Friday, June 22, 2007

Magnification: 30x : Brings objects 30 times closer

That's how Rediff merchandised a tiny telescope today. I always thought telescopes served to magnify distant objects. How does Rediff's miracle contraption bring objects 30 times closer? Do we finally have the answer to interstellar travel?!

Imagine bringing the Moon 30 times closer. Our burgeoning population would be the first one off the block to grab land out there. Soon the entire satellite would be ours to keep. We would only need to strap a homemade cryogenic engine to a low cost plane to realize our dreams. Or maybe we could forgo it and just hurl ourselves through a giant catapult!

Simple linguistic nuances are yet to be mastered by us.

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I generally dislike Wagner. However, I heard a piece by him today and it was sublime and breathtakingly beautiful.