Following my retirement, we have closed our company for new business.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly, our email portal remeains open and I would be delighted to hear from you and provide ongoing support or advice.

Richard Thomson

support@rta-instruments.com

Companies represented up to the end of December 2023. Please now contact them directly.

k-Space Associates, Inc.
Phone: +1 (734) 426-7977
requestinfo@k-space.com
https://www.k-space.com

STAIB INSTRUMENTS GmbH
Phone: +49 8761 76 24 0
sales@staibinstruments.com
https://www.staibinstruments.com/

Tuesday 10 April 2012

Gnome's Law?

Isaac Newton published his famous Principia in 1687 in which he postulated the inverse square law of universal gravitation. Rumour has it that Newton was inspired by a falling apple. The eminent scientist was clearly forced into thinking about Malus domestica because Baehr and Maresch of Dresden did not produce the first ceramic gnomes until 1841, with the first garden gnomes not introduced into the UK until 1847. Promoted by a German scales manufacturer, a garden gnome called Kern is currently travelling the world being weighed at numerous points on the earth as a route to illustrate the impact of the earth not being a perfect sphere of uniform density. You can track Kern's progress and see his weigh loss/gain here. So far he has weighed the most, a chunky 309.82 grammes, at the Amundsen-Scott Research Station in Antarctica.

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