The Great Westmen:

Science and Technology

Heirich Rudolf Hertz

Featured Accomplishment: Experimental demonstration of the reality of electromagnetic waves.
German physicist
Born: February 22, 1857, Hamburg, German Confederation
Died: January 1, 1894 (aged 36) Bonn, Germany
  Heinrich Rudolf Hertz was a German physicist who first conclusively proved the existence of the electromagnetic waves as predicted by James Clerk Maxwell’s equations of electromagnetism. At a time before the electron was discovered, Hertz proved that the carrier of electric current must have negligible mass. Hertz discovered the photo electric effect.

  Hertz was the first to demonstrate that cathode rays could penetrate very thin metal foil (such as aluminium). This led to the invention of the cathode ray tube by one of Hertz’s students. Hertz also published seminal papers on contact mechanics. Contact mechanics is the study of the deformation of solids that touch each other at one or more points. The unit of frequency, the Hertz, is named in his honour.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Hello, my name is Joseph Montag. I happen to have the same last name as the protagonist in the novel Fahrenheit 451. In the novel, Montag works as a fireman that destroys the cultural memory of his people by burning books. If the book were written today he would also be tearing down statues. Realizing his folly, he has a change of heart and instead of destroying the cultural memory of his people, he begins to save it.

     As a Westman I endeavor to preserve our cultural memory and educate fellow Westmen as to the accomplishments of Westernkind. I feel it is important to keep our story alive and focused upon the marvelous achievements of us as a people. I never realized that the depth and breadth of our achievements was so wide and deep until I came to White wellbeing and began investigating what was hidden from me in plain sight. I had become deracinated and disconnected from my people. Now I am shaking off my White noir, taking pride in Westernkind and reconnecting with my people at multiple levels, both online and in real life.

     I like researching and studying the stories of individual Westmen because it puts a human face on it and exposes the bond of kinship we all have to those Westmen that came before us. I hope these stories help you better understand and connect with Westernkind, with the Westman inside of you. It is our story, it is in us all, and each of us writes a new chapter everyday.