Edward Radford

Hey guys,

I wanted to close down this blog and move it over to my website, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

In the mean time, here's this cool trinket of random: I was reading up on the history of the American town "Centralia". I was just going over this 1982 documentary, when I found out about this rather interesting scientist. I cannot find any trace of him online other than his obituary.

The guy is absolutely too cool to just be forgotten. Check out this quote:
Well this goes to the really fundamental question about the whole Centralia issue and that is this:

That people know there are hazardous materials in the effluents from this fire. They are well recognized as being potentially serious. Now based with that situation, the average citizen raises questions: "Well how bad is it?"

They try to ask various agencies of government, the usual kinds of sources of information, that people are likely to get, and I think in the case of Centralia they gotten some rather conflicting statements. Once you have that situation, you then have a lot of questions arising in the minds of the average citizen as to whether they are getting straight information.

Now that's not being a raving lunatic, that's just being sensible. Namely if you have your family in a situation where there's potential risk, you want to know about it, and you want to get straight answers. And I think that is illustrative of many of the environmental problems we have today that the people don't think they're getting straight answers.
I think this basically describes the problem people in the USA are having on the subject of global warming. It's a well understood matter but that is not the problem, the problem is that people aren't sure if it's the truth.

And mind you that quote was from the 1980s.

His theories might have been a bit wacky and he may have intentionally pursued the more controversial subjects, but he definitely did know what he was talking about. And for that, he deserves to be at least remembered.