Fable: The Mountaineers

Once upon a time, the speaker at a Nobel prize ceremony said:

‘The summit of Everest was reached by a small party of  ardent climbers. Working from an advance base, they succeeded. More than a generation of mountaineers had toiled to establish that base. Your assault on the semiconductor problem was likewise launched from a high altitude camp, contributed by many scientists. Yours, too, was a supreme effort – of foresight, ingenuity and perseverance – exercised individually and as a team. Surely supreme joy befalls the man to whom those breathtaking vistas from the summit unfold.’

Moral:  Aim high

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5 Comments

  1. Bitter
    September 21, 2012 18:31
  2. David Manners
    September 20, 2012 19:55

    Yes Ric218, it was at the Nobel ceremony to honour the inventors of the transistor and the surname which eludes you is Brattain

  3. David Manners
    September 20, 2012 16:15

    Yes indeed, former STE-stealthy Anon, the intro to the presentation of the 1956 Nobel Prize for Physics it was

  4. formerly-STEalthy Anon
    September 20, 2012 15:35

    The Nobel Prize in Physics 1956
    William B. Shockley, John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain
    Presentation Speech by Professor E.G. Rudberg
    (with thanks to Google)

  5. Ric218
    September 20, 2012 15:33

    The transistor. Awarded to William Shockley, John Bardeen and for the life of me i cant remeber the third guy. Walter something….

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