Ask A Physicist To Speak At Your Funeral
You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy is created in the universe and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, ever vibration, every BTU of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid the energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got. And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. And you'll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. This is a transcript of a speech given by writer and performer Aaron Freeman on NPR News "All Things Considered".
• Family Matters