The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Ainan counts calories

Ainan has his own brand of humour. Sometimes his jokes are rather technical in nature, requiring knowledge of some branch of science or other, to be understood. I find these interesting because he is finding humour where others would only see obscurity.

At other times, his remarks are more accessible. Today he remarked:

"Butter has the same energy per kilogram as TNT. It is just that it tastes better and doesn't explode."

I know which I'd rather spread on my toast, same energy or not.

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 9:21 PM 


Blogger EbTech said...

E = mc^2

Last time I checked, our metabolism ran on chemical, not nuclear reactions!

Or does he mean butter has the same usable energy content as TNT? If so, imagine putting butter into a bomb calorimeter! Hehehe

4:26 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

TNT exploding is a chemical reaction...just like butter being used by metabolism. He is correct to compare them. The only difference, really, is that butter "burns" more slowly within us...but has the same energy output.

If you could extract all the energy from butter with the speed of TNT it might be quite a mouthful, if not chewed with caution!

1:53 PM  
Blogger EbTech said...

What I meant was that if we turned matter to pure energy, ALL substances would have the same energy per kilogram. From your original post, it was not clear if Ainan had meant all energy or only chemical energy.

Now I wonder how fast butter would burn in a bomb calorimeter...

2:51 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Ah. Good point, EbTech.

No. Ainan was referring to chemical energy, I think. Otherwise it would not be worth making the observation, since it would tell us nothing new.

Re. butter and a bomb idea...worth a try sometime, though!

3:27 PM  
Blogger virginiagunawan said...

HAHAHA that was funny. Ainan is so hilarious! I can't look at the butter the same as I did before anymore! :)

7:47 PM  

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