What about brake fluid which is said to be incompressible. When I push down the brake pedal, the master cylindre pushes the brake liquid inside the hoses which tightens the brakes immediately? So what is the speed of propagation in this scenario if it cannot be faster than c even though brake fluid seems incompressible?
Professor Fred Lamb received his bachelor's degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1967, and his D.Phil. in theoretical physics from Oxford University in 1970. He was a fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1970 to 1972, when he joined the physics faculty at the University of Illinois as an assistant professor.
Profressor Lamb has made profound and lasting contributions to theoretical high-energy and relativistic astrophysics. He is recognized as an international leader in the field of X-ray astrophysics and neutron stars, where his work has provided both a unified model for understanding the basic phenomena of X-ray emission from neutron stars and the tools for exploring other areas of physics, such as general relativity and the theory of dense matter. His particular strength has been to bring the analytical and quantitative tools of physics to bear on a wide variety of astrophysical problems, and he is widely recognized as providing fundamental theoretical understanding of many important astrophysical phenomena--from the quasi-periodic oscillations seen in the emission from bright galactic X-ray sources to the radiation processes in accretion systems.
One of the original proposers (nearly twenty years ago) of the spectacularly successful NASA Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite project, Professor Lamb tenaciously supported it, guided it through its development, and served as the chair of the NASA RXTE Science Committee. Further, he has devoted his considerable physics skills to the public good by playing a central role (in collaboration with Professor Jeremiah Sullivan) in calculations underpinning arms control, including methods of estimating yields from nuclear detonations--a key to compliance verification for international nuclear test ban treaties.
Professor Lamb is also a gifted teacher. He regularly involves undergraduate students in his research group, and he is known for his skilled guidance and training of his graduate students and exceptional mentoring for his post-doctoral associates and younger colleagues.
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