Monthly Archives: April 2009

How to Join the Folding@Home Team

The geopense.FAH team number is: 146587

  • Download the Folding@Home software package for your specific OS

    If you have a recent graphics card, you can get a high performance package

  • Install the software package on your computer

    (you can enter Team Number during installation)

  • Launch the Folding@Home application
  • You can update the Team Number anytime by right-clicking on the Folding@Home icon in the system tray and selecting the Configure option
  • You can obtain team certificates from the Stats Page
  • Please note that you may not show up on the team list until you have finished crunching at least one unit as a team member

Countess of Lovelace 1815 – 1852

Augusta Ada King, also known as Ada Lovelace, was born in 1815 in London, England. She was the daughter of the poet Lord Byron, who called her Ada. Her mother pushed her hard in mathematics and science, hoping to avoid the flightiness of Lord Byron. In her short life, she made quite a splash, both socially and scientifically. She knew Charles Dickens and Michael Faraday. She was a good friend of Charles Babbage, who is credited with designing the first programmable computer. Ada is credited with writing detailed instructions on how to use this machine to do some specific calculations, thus inventing computer software and becoming the world’s first computer programmer. All this over half a century before the invention of the vacuum tube.

Babbage referred to Ada as “The Enchantress of Numbers”.

Georges Lemaître 1894 – 1966

Georges H.J.E. Lemaître was born in 1894 in Charleroi, Belgium (the same town where Napoleon prepared for the battle of Waterloo). He applied Einstein’s newly minted General Theory of Relativity to cosmology, and, with remarkable insight, came up with what is known today as the ‘Big Bang Theory’ which describes the universe as starting from a single point and expanding to its present structure. Einstein himself disagreed with this theory until it was later supported by astronomical observation. Some have speculated that it was Lemaître’s religious nature that sparked this insight. He was also a Catholic priest, ordained in 1923. He studied at Cambridge under Arthur Eddington, also one of the originators of modern cosmology.

Lemaître stands as a shining example of how religion and science can coexist, even to their mutual benefit (even in the same mind).

George MacDonald

George F. MacDonald was born in 1938 in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. He was educated at the University of Toronto and Yale. He is a distinguished and brilliant anthropologist, expert on the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest, and has guided several of the world’s great museums. He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2006.

A staunch proponent of Canadian multiculturalism (and pluralism generally), he acknowledged the greatness of all humanity, at all times in history, including those cultures that achieved only limited technology. Perhaps ironically, he embraced technology wholeheartedly, and used it extensively and successfully as a tool to bring the past to life.

Francis Crick 1916 – 2004

Francis Crick was born in 1916 near Northampton, England. After showing early aptitude in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, he began a career as a researcher in the physical sciences. However, serendipity struck in the form of a German bomb in World War II which destroyed most of his work. He began studying biology instead, became deeply immersed in the stucture of cytoplasm and proteins, and co-discovered the helical structure and function of DNA, a major step in the development of modern genetics and molecular biology.

A devout advocate of evolutionary theory, he argued that what we call ‘the soul’ could be ultimately explained by neurology and biochemistry alone. His many publications (and co-publications) include “Towards a Neurobiological Theory of Consciousness” and “The Scientific Search For The Soul”.

S. Chandrasekhar 1910-1995

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, or Chandra for short, was born in 1910 in the city of Lahore in British India. He came from a Hindu tradition but as an adult, he was quite non-religious. He came up with most of the modern theory about the end of a star’s life including neutron stars and black holes.

But that’s only half of why he’s a hero. He was also a kind and gentle man. He remained so all his life despite suffering a lot of professional jealousy and even some biggotry. He was a quiet man, but a natural leader. Someone once said that “Politicians see the world as it really is. Leaders see the world as it could be.” Imagine a world in which people help the other guy achieve his dream. This was the world Chandra saw. It was the life he lived.

To be truly kind and generous is rare. To be a profound genius is extremely rare. But to be both at the same time? That’s unique. It’s a combination that wasn’t achieved by Aristotle, Galileo, Newton or Einstein.