"Hey, dude, whatcha doin'?"

"I'm making dinner."

"Yeah? What are you guys having?"

"Well, since the book was published today, we're having a couple of nice steaks to celebrate."

"Just a couple?"

"Hmm? What do you mean?"

"Well, you might remember, I had something to do with the book..."

"It'd be hard to forget."

"So, I should get steak, too. Right?"

"Why do you think your bowl is up on the counter?"


"Oooooh! I get steak! Steaksteaksteaksteaksteak!"


"Okay, I'm done. Can I have some more?"

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That's nicely seared steak, by the way!

By Kenneth G. Cavness (not verified) on 22 Dec 2009 #permalink

Congratulations! I'm the designated Science Geek at our bookstore (one of the Big Bookchains Beginning with B) so I'm browsing the book on lunchbreaks until payday. It really reads nicely, and your co-author is a cutie! I just wish it had been published a couple weeks ago so I'd have more time to talk it up to customers before this holiday thing that's coming up.

One thing I'm hoping for is to get an answer to what I'm afraid is one of the Top Ten Naive Questions on Quantum Stuff: How do you get wavelengths out of a particle? I mean, when you say that light waves have a frequency, that seems obvious, doesn't it? But somehow, when you say that a photon has a frequency or a wavelength it just gives me brain-freeze and I fall over in a whimpery little heap. How does a particle wave, anyway? Sigh. This is why I never became a physicist.

By ChicagoMolly (not verified) on 23 Dec 2009 #permalink