Imagine two bands of steel, running side by side for thousands of kilometers—for 6,351 kilometers! And always unerringly parallel—a constant 1,435 millimeters apart—for every 6,351,000 meters of the distance. From Nova Scotia to British Columbia, the Canadian Pacific Railway is not just a remarkable accomplishment of planning, engineering, and manpower, it also served to bind together disparate parts of the new country.
The Big Two have done the lion’s share of Space exploration and travel since Sputnik blasted into orbit 58 years ago. Since then, America and the U.S.S.R./Russia have been joined in Space by satellites, spacecraft, or astronauts from more than 70 countries. In 1962, Canada became the third country after the U.S.S.R. (1957) and the U.S.A. (1958) to have its own domestically built satellite orbiting Earth.
As you may have heard recently, this year’s Nobel Prize for physics went to Canadian Arthur McDonald for his work showing that sub-atomic particles called neutrinos have mass. So I thought it was a good time to look at Canada’s spirit of innovation from the perspective of Canada’s Nobel Prizes – the highest international scientific acclaim possible.
This month’s topic will talk about several of the technological and artistic innovations linked to Canada that made the world hear, work with, and appreciate music and sound in new ways.
- Canada’s Spirit of Innovation │ Topic: Canadian Railway Innovators and Innovations
- Canada’s Spirit of Innovation │ Topic: Canadian Space Innovations
- Canada’s Spirit of Innovation | Topic: Another Nobel Prize!
- Canada’s Spirit of Innovation | Topic: Music, Sound, and Technology
- Celebrating great Canadian scientific innovators: moving forward