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September 15, 2010

#793: Physicists


A man stands at a blackboard covered in equations and diagrams, an open laptop and scattered paper at his feet. His fists are balled in anger and there is a little angry squiggle over his head. A second man stands behind him, arms out in a shrug.

((Words in <> are gray.))

Second man: You’re trying to predict the behavior of ? Just model it as a , and then add some secondary terms to account for . – Easy, right? – So, why does need a whole journal, anyway?

Liberal-arts majors may be annoying sometimes, but there’s


more obnoxious than a physicist first encountering a new subject.