you know who you are!

You either get this or you do not.

courtesy John F. (click to embiggen)

Loathe as I am to admit it, that is rather good.

Hm. E/mc √(-1) pV/nR is way too derivative.
Maybe Q/V √-1 pV/nR


Q/V √-1 4√(P/A ε σ)

yeah, that’s the ticket!

nRT/V kBln(Ω) (TS – pV)

has potential though.
Especially in that nice blue & white.
Right sub-field also…


  1. #1 Ethan
    October 29, 2009

    Heat is not the same as temperature.

  2. #2 mihos
    October 29, 2009


    clearly this shirt wasn’t designed by any sensible scientist.

  3. #3 Colin
    October 29, 2009

    I was out there a few years ago for an interview and I wanted to get a t-shirt. When I saw that one I knew I need not look further so I bought it.

    I get a lot of strange looks.

  4. #4 peter
    October 29, 2009

    reminds me of my brother’s sweatshirt that read
    “Si Hoc Legere Scis Nimium Eruditionis Habes”

  5. #5 Gary
    October 29, 2009

    So- you know you’re a massive and unreal hothead?

  6. #6 Ned Wright
    October 29, 2009

    Surely the first letter should be changed to (p/v)
    and the second letter to (V/R)

    Then you would have three vees all having different meanings,
    two arrs with different meanings, and two pees with different meanings.

    Much better.

  7. #7 Austin McDonald
    October 29, 2009

    Yeah, so, for those who heard a whoosh sound (like me, for a minute…)

    E=mc^2 => E/c^2 = m
    sqrt(-1) = i
    PV=nRT => PV/(nR) = T


  8. #8 Brad
    October 29, 2009

    I, of course, agree with the incredibly sensible mihos. R? R!?

  9. #9 G Felis
    October 29, 2009

    Actually, it threw me for a sec because I’m a little too literal-minded. It doesn’t work out to M-I-T, it works out to m-i-T. True science nerds know that the same letter might be used to indicate something very different when lower-case than upper-case – such as the traditional lower-case ‘t’ for time and upper-case ‘T’ for temperature – and that italic letters often indicate something else again. Maybe Ohm’s Law would’ve been better for the capital ‘I’ (current). Off the top of my head, 20 years after my last physics class, I can’t remember what a capital ‘M’ has been used to signify…

  10. #10 Steinn Sigurdsson
    October 29, 2009

    The “R” is a bit sophomoric, but then one does expect imperfection from these east coast institutions…

    I transcended the whole upper case vs lower case obsession, but I agree that the choice of fundamental equations could have mixed it up a bit more

    I dislike the VIR equations, maybe Planck’s law for I, but then those heathens who insist on using “u” might object.

    M = a r2/G of course

  11. #11 Arunav
    October 29, 2009

    What are G and c things you speak of? Are they assigning letters to 1 these days.

  12. #12 Andrew Shevchuk
    October 30, 2009

    When the day comes that I need people to stare at my chest confused and utterly baffled, I’ll have just the solution.

  13. #13 csrster
    October 30, 2009

    mjT ?

  14. #14 Steinn Sigurdsson
    October 30, 2009


    bloomin’ engineers!

  15. #15 Liberal Arts
    October 30, 2009

    Misled by your blog name, I read this as energy divided by cats squared, times the square root of -1, but that’s as far as I could get.

  16. #16 Alex
    November 1, 2009

    I keep meaning to get T-shirts with some of the better HTTP error codes. 400 Bad Request has possibilities, as do 502 Temporarily Unavailable and 401 Authorisation Refused, but you’ve got to get into the SIP voice ones for anything really weird and obscure. 488 Not Acceptable Here, 606 Not Acceptable Anywhere…402 Payment Required I think we can miss:-) 486 Busy Here or 493 Message Undecipherable are options though.

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