Then he asked me what I did. I told him that I’m a musician. What instrument do you play? Concertina. What’s that? Well, it’s a little hexagonal antique accordion invented back in the early 1800s by this German guy named Uhlig... and around the same time a different little music box also called the concertina was invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone in England (I was trying to make a long story short). I added that this was the same Wheatstone who invented the Wheatstone Bridge. Jim's eyes sparkled when he told me that they use that very bridge in maintaining his giant subway transformers today.
Somehow this unlikely connection made us better friends.
Edited by Jody Kruskal, 26 June 2012 - 02:12 AM.