Last week the Second Conference on Planing was held in Brussels, Belgium. Intrepid CRC reporter Persephone Crockaphone got the scoop for our readers. Here are some highlights in the form of comments from attendees and a sampling of photos. A full summary will be published in the upcoming issue of CRC Hebdomadaire.
“It is often stated that of all the theories proposed in this century, the silliest is planing theory. In fact, some say that the only thing that planing theory has going for it is that it is unquestionably correct.” – M. Kaku
“Those who are not shocked when they first come across planing theory cannot possibly have understood it.” – N. Bohr
“I hesitated to think it might be wrong, but I knew that it was rotten. That is to say, one has to find some decent way of expressing whatever truth there is in it.”
“What is proved, by impossibility proofs, is lack of imagination.” – J.S. Bell
“Dans la vie, rien n’est à craindre, tout est à comprendre.” – M.S. Curie
“La principale difficulté pour vulgariser la théorie du saut de la bicyclette, c’est qu’on ne sait pas très bien comment en fabriquer des images dans notre monde. C’est en ce sens qu’elle est vraiment contre-intuitive.” – A. Aspect
“There is now in my opinion no entirely satisfactory interpretation of bicycle planing.”
– S. Weinberg
“I think I can safely say that nobody understands the phenomenon of planing.”
“Some new ideas are here needed…”
– R. Feynman
Disclosure: CRC is a sponsor of the Second Conference on Planing.