The Quantum Pontiff

New Word for Tuesday

The word which is closest in the dictionary to my name:

Daven. verb. 1. To recite a prayer. 2. To rock too and fro (as if praying.)

Have you ever noticed how some very smart mathematicians daven when they are excitedly talking about research?


  1. #1 Michael Nielsen
    September 23, 2008

    That’s an interesting observation. I rock (ahem) when I talk about mathematics. I try very hard not to do it during talks, mostly unsuccessfully.

  2. #2 Blake Stacey
    September 23, 2008

    I know a few physicists who daven while listening to Infected Mushroom. . . .

  3. #3 John
    September 24, 2008

    My name’s in the dictionary, too.

  4. #4 JohnQPublic
    September 24, 2008

    And if you convert your prayer from one faith to another, is that a…daven port??

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