The Quantum Pontiff

Which Physicist Are You?

..asks a facebook application.

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Apparently I am the kind of physicist who likes proper spelling and proper capitalization, and who thus, will not take a quiz with bad spelling. Which physicist is that? Gell-Mann?

Comments

  1. #1 Ben Lillie
    April 3, 2009

    Yeah, the “Einstein” result just popped into my feed, and it made me cry a little inside.

  2. #2 Eric Lund
    April 3, 2009

    Which physicists is that?

    What’s the rule that says that any Internet post complaining about bad spelling has to have a typo or spelling error?

    On topic: It reminds me of the story of how Einstein fended off one woman’s advances. She pointed out that a child with his brains and her looks would naturally go far. He supposedly replied, “But what if the child has your brains and my looks?”

  3. #3 Dave Bacon
    April 3, 2009

    You must have read the RSS feed. That error was up there for exactly 15 seconds :)

  4. #4 Jonathan Vos Post
    April 3, 2009

    Don’t be silly. Every physicist at Caltech knew that Gell-Mann named the quark to prove that he’d read all of James Joyce and the others had not. No, wait a minute. That supports your hypothesis. James Joyce is roughly equal to Shakespeare in the number of distinct words used in the corpus of their published oeuvre.

  5. #5 Ian Durham
    April 3, 2009

    > James Joyce is roughly equal to Shakespeare in the number of
    > distinct words used in the corpus of their published oeuvre.

    I suspect Joyce may have the edge, but then he took some liberties with the language.

    I took the quiz for the hell of it and was told I am “Isaac Newton.” I am disappointed. I had hoped to be “Dave Bacon.”

    Oh, and the guy who made the quiz does not appear to be a native English speaker and that may explain things a bit.

  6. #6 David
    April 3, 2009

    I must be stuck on a CTC. I still get Which physicists is that? Gell-Mann?

  7. #7 Dave Bacon
    April 3, 2009

    Strange works for me. Oh, maybe you are looking at the html address? That’s still messed up.

  8. #8 Dave Bacon
    April 3, 2009

    Oh *that* typo. Removes egg from face.

  9. #9 Tracy Hall
    April 4, 2009

    Re: your brains and my looks.

    I take (minimal) pride in being smarter and stronger than O.J. Simpson and Stephen Hawking.

  10. #10 Ian Durham
    April 4, 2009

    > I take (minimal) pride in being smarter and stronger than
    > O.J. Simpson and Stephen Hawking.

    Respectively?