Oh, sure…Sean Carroll has Richard Feynman’s desk. But I have PZ Myers’ office and desk (I moved in right after the building was finished, so there’s no history to speak of in here.)
I think the burden of living up to my furniture’s standards is a lot lower for me.
He does look extraordinarily pleased about it though. :-D
John Lynch says
A colleague of mine has Rudolf Carnap‘s desk in his home office. Apparently there’s a lot of furniture floating around out there.
kathy a says
what, they made feynman get a new desk from ikea? well, it evidently was feynman’s, and so it must have good karma anyway. [by karma, i mean “inspirational value.”]
I had Rod Serling’s desk.
Lovging in Interlaken, NY. Got it from his family. His daughter Anne used to be out jogging sometimes and would wave – we we neighbors. (She looked good.)
Rod Serling’s desk. In my apartment. Who knows what he wrote on that thing!!!
Left it behind in the apartment when we moved.
Bruce Hood’s cardigan, anyone?
I thought you were talking about that other Sean Carroll. What a story that would be, the desk of a physics icon ending up in the office of a butterfly evo-devo maestro!
Which makes me wonder – where did Darwin’s desk go?
Sean Carroll says
Jealousy is so unbecoming. Don’t worry, if you drop by Caltech to visit I’ll let you touch the desk. Or at least gaze upon it respectfully.
i thought, as scientists, that our memories and histories, if preserved at all, were stored in books. sure, today, they may be online, but it’s the same thing.
i find this attachment to possessions of former scientific greats no less superstitious than religious attachment to old vestments, relics, or other iconography.
given Feynman’s recorded opinions regarding awards and “epaulets”, i believe he’d firmly disapprove of such cult worship, let alone such cult science.
PZ Myers says
Well, actually, if you read Sean’s post, it sounds like they’re shuffling Feynman’s desk around like it was…it was…a piece of furniture.
and is the desk endoweed with magical powers? why not shuffle Feynman’s body around?
PZ Myers says
Hey, if Caltech has no use for Feynman’s body, I’ll take it!
Was he cremated or something destructive like that?
Sean Carroll says
Feynman’s body is encased in amber in the middle of a reflecting pool on Caltech’s campus. Each year, the incoming sophomore who received the lowest grade in freshman physics is offered as a human sacrifice.
remarkable! and where is the scientific paper which describes this artificial acceleration of the lithification of succinite?
Encased with him, duh!
Rey Fox says
I used to have John Voight’s car.
Kathy McCarty says
Hey, why don’t you just change your name to CAPTAIN BRINGDOWN already? Jeez.
Peter McGrath says
On Thursday (Natural History Museum, London) I rummaged through Joseph Banks’ cabinet which went round the world with Cook on HMS Endeavour. The waves that came off it confirmed my feeling that fine naturalist though he was, he was also a pillock.
A future Lloyd Bentsen moment:
BIOLOGIST’S BACKSIDE: ID isn’t so bad; after all, even atheism is a profession of faith. Why, I heard that once PZ Meyers himself defended the right of vegetables to proclaim the divinity of God…
CHAIR: Sir, I knew PZ Meyers’s backside, I worked with PZ Meyers’s backside, I supported PZ Meyers’s backside … you, Sir, are no PZ Meyers’s backside.
DESK: What an ass…
Ford Denison says
According to Janet Browne’s biography of Darwin, his rooms at Cambridge had previously been occupied by Paley, who he admired at the time.