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Marni D. Sheppeard

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Quick Hello

Carl Brannen has reminded us that we need to spend some time at the Particle Data Group website. As Michael Rios said a while back, if you wake up at night in a cold sweat having forgotten your particle data, there's nothing for it but to put some study hours in. Meanwhile, for the quote of the week we have this gem from Yatima at Woit's blog:
I think these discussions should be put on ice until the moment Theological Engineering finally manages to disburse Mana from vending machines or until we have regressed to the Dark Ages, whatever comes first.


Blogger Matti Pitkanen said...

For some time it might have looked like that these stringy super brains could build new brave physics using only pure thought. Only few years ago we were still told that even mathematics would become stringy. Suddenly we are talking about new dark age in science.

For me concrete work with particles is absolutely necessarily and makes my tiny brains happy and stimulates ideas which rigid highly technical mathematical formalism would kill immediately.

I have of course been conditioned to feel deep shame for doing something mathematically so primitive and childish like playing with scales and making rough estimates and building simple models! When one possesses very restricted brain power one must consider only the most significant bits! Kind of guerilla science.

November 27, 2007 6:36 PM  
Blogger Kea said...

Hi Matti. Yes, if I had not spent many years working on the experimental side of the business, I would not dare think that I could ever contribute anything useful to theory.

November 28, 2007 9:36 AM  

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