A theoretical physics joke
I discovered a fun website that allows you to share a `virtual whiteboard’ with other users. I’ll talk about this in my next post. First, I wanted to share one of my favourite theoretical physics jokes. (No offense intended, string students!)
I’ve been told that this joke was told to incoming gradaute students at UCSB. Some explanation for those who don’t get it:
- In astrophysics (astro-ph), you have the usual case: the more `talented’ you are the more you contribute proportionally.
- In particle phenomenology (hep-ph), there’s a bit of a plateau, and then the most talented people lead the field.
- In string theory, knowing absolutely nothing is better than knowing a little bit because at least you won’t waste everyone else’s time publishing `worthless’ papers that they have to sift through. Then there’s Ed Witten, who singlehandedly moves the field forward.
Before anyone gets mad, it’s just a joke!
A serious note: hard work and passion for one’s work makes up for a lot. it makes up for `inherent talent,’ for lack of sleep, for gaps in one’s background, etc.
Also a caveat: the graphs above don’t necessarily reflect the fields accurately! (The Witten delta function may also include a few others,and there may also be a dip from very talented physicsts who do anthropics/statistics on the landscape. … Kidding again!! … sorta… 🙂 )
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