On the impossibility of defining anything whatsoever (as Rob might have you believe) (Was: Re: New issue?: vocabulary maintenance
thomas at astro.umd.edu
Wed Feb 6 08:55:42 PST 2008
On Wednesday 06 February 2008 11:50:23 am Alasdair Gray wrote:
> I'm afraid I have a quibble.
> > Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are the most luminous events occurring in the universe since the Big Bang.
> > They are flashes of gamma rays emanating from seemingly random places in deep space at random times.
> > The duration of a gamma-ray burst is typically a few seconds, but can range from a few milliseconds to
> > minutes, and the initial burst is usually followed by a longer-lived "afterglow" emitting at longer wavelengths
> > (X-ray, ultraviolet, optical, infrared, and radio). Gamma-ray bursts are detected by orbiting satellites
> > about two to three times per week, but their actual rate of occurrence is much higher because not all
> > bursts are pointed at Earth.
> This is somewhat long-winded for a definition in a vocabulary. Ideally
> we want a sentence or two to succinctly convey the idea of the concept
> without pinning down the definition too far that it is controversial.
Actually, thats fine with me. I'd be happy with the first 2 sentences. Is that short enough?
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