Lewis Richardson’s famous 1920 climate science paper ‘The supply of energy from and to Atmospheric Eddies’ was neatly summarized by the poem:
Big whorls have little whorls
That feed on their velocity,
And little whorls have lesser whorls
And so on to viscosity.
Isn’t that a brilliant description of turbulence? So climate scientists have, from time to time, had a nice way with words.
When Tamino announced that he had become Hansen’s bull dog, this little poem came to my mind. The idea of Hansen or Mann, bull dogs themselves, needing their own bull dog seemed redundant. And didn’t Hansen already have his own bull dog, Gavin? (For those in doubt, see how often Gavin has rushed to defend Hansen from any slight.) But redundant or not, it seemed that bull dogs had little dogs.
So here is a modern version of Lewis Richardson’s famous doggerel:
Bull dogs have little dogs
That feed on their ferocity
And little dogs have lesser dogs
And thus to animosity.