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September 15, 2010



I both went to a liberal arts college and majored in physics, so I really hope I don't come across like this guy. I do know some people (physicists, even) who definitely do...

(Monday's xkcd comic is also pretty damn good.)

Update 16 Sept. 2010: Here's another great xkcd comic, on physics and other fields.

posted September 15, 2010 06:40 AM in Humor | permalink


Physicists who have dealt with a non-physics subject for a while and tried to do work in it have the opposite problem: they're the person saying, "No, it's more complicated than you allowed for." But don't worry, we can address those complications by modeling your phenomenon as an interacting quantum field theory with a non-Hermitian Hamiltonian. Simple, right?

Posted by: Blake Stacey at September 15, 2010 05:53 PM

While working with some physicists at Los Alamos labs the greatest challenge was interpreting their instructions. I usually had to apply Occam's razor in trying to figure out what it was they wanted me to do. This worked pretty well until someone 'misplaced' the God particle. My charge has since been to find it. I even look for clues in old, faded bumper stickers that mockingly state, "I found it."

Posted by: Transcription Services at September 17, 2010 11:25 AM