Isaac Newton: Santa Must Obey His Laws of Motion

Born today was Sir  Isaac Newton

Perhaps the greatest mind in science.

Yet  not  conceited or  highfalutin,

He said he stood on the shoulders of giants.



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  • From our prior discussion of quantum physics and Brian Greene, maybe Santa has to, but the rest of us maybe not (if there is, as Greene suggested, a quantum physics way for Scottie to beam us up).

    For that matter, I doubt that Santa complies with Newtonian physics, in the absence of a force that keeps his reindeer and sleigh airborne. Not even the Wright Brothers could demonstrate that.

  • In reply to jack:

    Merry Christmas, Jack. As to how Santa gets airborne---overcoming gravity and friction---, that defies explanation. But once in flight, he must adhere to Newton's Laws.. Perhaps it's the type of organic fuel he puts in the reindeer.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Notwithstanding the First Law, maybe it is the type of organic matter that comes out the other end, in accordance with the Third Law, on which jet propulsion is based.

  • Speaking of organic matter that comes out the other end, I just noticed Mr. Byrne is going nuclear with Facebook. I cannot stand Facebook, it's like Mr. Smith in 'The Matrix' or 'The Borg', it's a virus that will never stop!

    I've seen you and Aquinas write Facebook comments on various Chicago Now blogs and I don't know how you can guys can stand Z'bergs Manifest Destiny towards omnipotence. When will gravity assert itself on this hubris? Tower of Babylon anyone?

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Greetings, 4zen, I completely agree about the omnipotence of Facebook AND Google! I wrote a post about it, too---

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    I just read your post and the comments, too funny! A Jungian coincidence for Christmas. Vive la Revolution.

    It must have been a different Jack I saw on the Facebook comments.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Thanks for reading, 4zen. Did you read Kim's post? I linked to it, too. I always appreciate your intelligent comments, here on the Quark in the Road.

    The Matrix and the Borg, indeed!

    A different Jack, I think so...

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Darn right. I put on several Chicago Now blogs where the blogger said he or she was considering converting to Facebook comments to kiss me goodbye, since I was not giving Zuckerberg any personal identifying information. They didn't convert, but those who converted without first asking the readership (such as Spatafora) lost me.

    Converting to Facebook also means that I no longer comment on newspaper sites. One of the derogatory things I didn't mention on Weather Girl's post is that the newspaper comments now seem to be by a small community that has no sense, but apparently isn't worried about identifying themselves online. In the meantime, the newspapers seem to think that they cured their spam problem, but apparently it became Zuckerberg's, but some dim posters continue to post "Why does the Tribune allow this spam?"

  • Don't reindeer eat lichen?

    Cheers and Greetings from the Twilight Zone--it's Rod Serling's birthday, too. Wonderful TZ episode on WCIU 26.3 last night about a Department Store Santa who becomes the real thing....

    Merry Christmas, Jack and AW!

  • Happy Boxing Day!

    AW, I want to apologise for the reindeer games. Your post is a marvelous flight of fancy! And your rhyme for Newton is so darn inventive!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    As the guys from the Great White North point out, Dec. 27 is Wrestling Day. Actually, WCW did have pay per views on that weekend.

  • In reply to jack:

    And the 28th? Extreme Boxing Day?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I guess MMA has made it to Canada (not too well known), but it definitely has made it to England.

    I suppose the real obscure one would be Gracie New Jersey Brazilian Jiu Jitsu day. Also, don't forget Krav Maga day, which came earlier this year.

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