By Kennedy Maize
CNN has described Mryhvold, former Microsoft chief technology officer who left the company in 2006, as a polymath, with degrees in space physics and geophysics, a PhD in theoretical and mathematical physics, a master’s in mathematical economics, a master photographer, a gourmet cook, and a noted paleontologist. One wag (me) described him as the intellectual equivalent Ron Popeel’s Vegamatic kitchen appliance of the 1970s, which could thinly slice “a firm, unripened tomato.”
Mryhvold’s major contributions to Microsoft, before he left with large bags of cash, were the execrable operating systems of the 1990s, Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. Based on my experience, I can only classify these software endeavors as cybergarbage. Not encouraging when it comes to nuclear power technology.
The TWR has come under intense skepticism by physicists. Check out the Physics Forums web site for a taste of derision. I’ll add my own, as a journalist and non-physicist: I’m dubious about any advanced nuclear technology that relies on liquid sodium as a coolant. It’s nasty stuff, and it hasn’t yet worked, to the best of my knowledge, anywhere in the world.