FLEMING DOES NOT RULE OK!
These could be what Physics World
calls Lateral Thoughts, because I originally wrote this horizontally with my leg in plaster. Here follow some snapshots of my journey through Physics, which is not a straightforward one like that of Marco Polo, but a meandering one like that of the 14th century Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta
. But this is no random selection, but a selected album entitled “Electromagnetism.”
The prologue to this tale finds me as a pre-teenager in the mid 1950’s, poring over my Pictorial Encyclopaedia
. I eagerly drink in the graphical information along with the textual, and today I still recall the story of our Earth being pulled out of our Sun, along with the other planets, by a passing star. My chief custard pie, though, is reserved for the illustrator who depicted the arteries and ventricles of the heart, on both sides, as blue, and similarly the veins and auricles in red.