My name is Albert Littlefair Simpson and as I’m in my eighties, my sun, like that in the photograph is going down. The photograph was taken from just opposite where I live in the Cathedral City of Durham, UK by my son John.
It might seem odd that in my eighties I have built this WordPress website but I started years ago with DOS, programmed in my job in XDB, built HTML sites on retiring and have over the years helped my other son David with the more technical aspects of site programming. David’s site at englandsnortheast.co.uk is well worth a visit.
I was born in Durham City in 1939 some 5 months before the outbreak of the second world war and so I saw little of my dad in the first 5 years of my life. I failed my 11 plus exam and went to Whinney Hill Secondary Modern School but later to the Durham Johnston Grammar School where I studied A level maths, physics and chemistry. You can find out more about my growing up here.
As a student apprentice with British Railways on a 5 year sandwich course I gained practical know how at the now long gone Darlington Locomotive Works and learnt engineering theory at Derby Technical College. Unlike a lot of my college mates who enjoyed careers in the wider world I spent a lot of my time with Freightliner at Stockton and Middlesbrough. There I worked as a hands on engineer and I enjoyed it.
Throughout my life an understanding of how things were intended to work was always key to making them work. As a boy I would take things apart to see what made them tick. They didn’t always work when I put them back together. Thankfully I got better at resolving problems and making things work.
Over the years but more so in retirement I have had many interests. Astronomy, family history, war history, science, golf, rubik cubes, cycling, car repairs, health, sudoku, food, bird watching, dogs and country walks, old maps and computer programming come to mind. My most recent interest in electronics came about because some garden solar lights we bought performed badly. We now have garden solar lights that work all year long with little attention and using stored solar energy.
It is well known that Albert Einstein’s contribution to science came from thought experiments. I too am an Albert and share with that famous man a Briggs Myers personality type of INTP. It means I am Introverted as opposed to Extroverted, more iNtuitive than Sensing, Thinking at the expense of Feeling and Perceiving more than Judging. I often lie awake in bed early morning and think. If the thoughts are of value I make a note, otherwise I am almost certain to forget.
My interest in science and energy came about in retirement when I sought to understand the electrical energy flows I had worked with all my life. I found no satisfactory explanation and instead entered a world of mathematics, where an energy equation that delivers an experimental number has priority over real understanding.
I concluded that atomic particles are proactive living energies with a desire to exchange energy. They form and hold onto structures because they better deliver their desires. Those desires evolved us: they are why we and all structures exist.
My pages on energy are, like all of the others, written for all to understand. I hope you find something on my site of interest. Regards and best wishes,