Who’s that crazy Monopoly-Man looking cat there?! Â Hey, that’s Walther Nernst! Â HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Walther Nernst!
(25 June 1864 â€“ 18 November 1941)
You might recognize Walther Nernst from his pretty interesting lamp, (and get ready for a wacky creative name) the Nernst Burner:
Hey, the above Nernst Lamp is only 0.5 amps!
Sometimes history is funny. Â At least to me. Â What’s not funny is that this is actually a pretty neat way to think about a lamp – an open-air filament, not enclosed in any kind of gas, and you can just change the filament when it goes out or stops glowing. Â But what about the heat?
AH-HAAAAA! Â AH-HAAAAA!
(and now a slight departure for comedic effect)
Okay, now that the funny biz is done…
A ceramic filament-type burner, mounted into an essentially recyclable headpiece that is refitted onto a fixture. Â Lots of CFLs could use this idea – isn’t it a shame that most of the CFLs in the US use a system that makes you throw the ballast part away LONG before its lifetime is over? Â If we could detatch CFLs like this (by removing the glass part and keeping the bottom part), we might be able to kill some e-waste, eh?
(I wrote a big expansive post on the Nernst Burner lamp when I was in Sweden – check it out here)
So besides Walther’s big ol’ ceramic heater lamp, he was a Nobel Prize winner for his discovery of the Third Law of Thermodynamics. Â You know the Third Law of Thermodynamics? Â It’s the one that states about absolute zero and system entropy and how molecules slow to a point of no movement:
As a system approaches absolute zero, all processes cease and the entropy of the system approaches a minimum value.
Does that turn anyone ELSE on?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WALTHER NERNST!!!