Today is Andrew Hanson’s birthday: Happy Birthday Andrew !
It would not be polite to disclose Andrew’s actual age. So let me just say that if he were twice this age he would get a message from the Queen. Wow!
Anyone who has met Andrew – and in his role as NPL’s Outreach Supremo that is a very large number of people – will have puzzled as to the source of his energy: it seems boundless.
Of course we all know that our energy comes from food, but as we get older we get less able to turn food energy into kinetic energy of our limbs.
And it was this concern that inspired my gift. I was thinking about the way Andrew is able to draw energy from his environment – when I realised that he was at heart a heat engine.
So I have bought him a supplementary heat engine. My hope is that in addition to his internal biological resources, it will allow him to convert environmental energy into energy of motion.
Hopefully it will keep him going for a year or two longer. Keep up the good work!
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