Today Google is celebrating the 155th birthday of Heinrich Hertz. Never mind that the poor fellow is dead (!).
According to the Christian Scientist Monitor, Hertz (no relation to Heinrich Himmler, who did not like Hertz very much) is responsible for revealing the “invisible world.” Devoted (really devoted) readers of this blog will recall that I’ve taken on this so-called invisible world here, and blown the lid off Harvard’s covering up its unreality here. Recently, of course, Tulane professor John Armstrong has shown that advocates of the invisible world (under the technobabble “electromagnetism”) use phony math. In that post’s comment thread, mathematician Greg Friedman agrees, going further in saying that “the entire subject is a fiction.”
So – why are we celebrating this Hertz character? He has done more damage to science education in the English-speaking world than I care to imagine.
In fact, it hertz me to imagine.