Dear Mr. McPhee,
Your company, Accoutrements, is well known for its exclusive line of action figures based on famous historical figures, common folk of interest, and proud indigenous hominoids. However, I have noticed one glaring omission in your otherwise well-rounded collection:
Why is there no Lord Kelvin action figure?
Besides developing the science of Thermodynamics, being instrumental to the unification of diverse fields of science under the aegis of Physics, and mapping the way for Relativity and Quantum Mechanics with his identification in 1900 of the two "Nineteenth-Century Clouds" hanging over the field, Lord Kelvin was the Kevin Bacon of Victorian science and technology, playing roles both minor and profound in most important developments of his time.
Consider some of his many claims to fame:
- Was admitted to university at age 10, published his first mathematical paper at age 16, and was appointed to the chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow at age 22, where he stayed until his death at age 83
- Was a champion rower in his youth and later in life traveled the seas in his yacht, the Lalla Rookh
- First person on Earth to have electric lighting installed in his home
- Headed the commission that chose AC over DC for national power grids
- Discovered the material property magnetoresistance, the basis for hard drives
- Had 70 patents, including an inkjet printer in 1867
- Invented the technology that allowed for transatlantic communication cables and supervised their laying, thereby fathering the global Information Age that we currently live in
- Coined the terms "thermodynamic" and "chirality"
- Has a unit of temperature (the Kelvin), a lunar ridge (Promontorium Kelvin), and a refrigerator brand (Kelvinator) named in his honor
- Incidentally launched the mathematical field of Knot Theory while exploring the idea that atoms are made of swirling vortices of aether -- a full 100 years before String Theorists proposed similar ideas
- Defended Panspermia, the theory that life on Earth was seeded by "moss-grown fragments from the ruins of another world"
Agreed with Tesla that life on Mars was trying to contact Earth via radio signals(UPDATE See: "On the Martians Signalling Earth.")
- Is buried next to Isaac Newton
As can be plainly seen, it is a great injustice that someone as notable as Lord Kelvin does not yet have his own action figure. I dare say he even deserves a playset!
With December 2007 marking the Centennial of his passing, now would be an excellent time for you to take the lead and rectify this oversight.
Humble servant of Lord Kelvin.