Ireland tops "Good Country Index"
Did you know that Ireland tops the "Good Country Index"?
Followed by Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, UK ...
The idea behind the Good Country Index is simple: "to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away".
Simon Anholt who dreamed up the scale explains it on TED. http://goo.gl/hDPzrs
125 countries are rated on their contributions to Science and Technology, Culture, Int'l Peace and Security, World Order., Planet and Climate, Prosperity and Equality, Health and Wellbeing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Country_Index
The common good of humanity. Worth thinking about!
For such a small island, Ireland's contribution to the world has been enormous - from the tractor to the submarine, from Dracula to Zorro, from modern chemistry to splitting the atom, from designing the White House and building the Transcontinental Rail to giving the States 23 of their 44 Presidents and 40 million of their population.
Indeed, it hasn't really felt like we've been prospering in a long time but hopefully that will change soon.
Ireland's contribution to the world has been enormous - [...] splitting the atom
The person generally credited with first splitting the atom was Ernest Rutherford. Please don't steal from NZ's few achievements. :P
[Rutherford] is widely credited with first "splitting the atom" in 1917 in a nuclear reaction between nitrogen and alpha particles, in which he also discovered (and named) the proton. [...] in  the first experiment to split the nucleus in a fully controlled manner, performed by students working under his direction, John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton.
I'm guessing Walton is the Irish physicist you're referring to in your post and who Wikipedia identifies as the first person to "artificially split the atom" (emphasis added).
Yeah I didn't really care for what they were assessing either. It seems to me prosperity and equality should include things like sexual/racial equality and distribution of income but they only seem to be interested in various market aspects, not a social one to be seen.