Saturday, February 07, 2015

Particle Fever


Particle Fever                                

GeV Higher, Higher!

Arguing with an engineer is a lot like wrestling in the mud with a pig. After a couple of hours you realize the pig likes it.
It seems that I have an uncommon number of engineer types who stop here; I don't know why.  Either it's because they like the mental gymnastics; i.e., I am always one step ahead of them; or they enjoy shooting at a stationary target?  At any rate, I once chose Journalism as a major because it was the only course of study in all of the University of Maryland that had not a single math requirement.  And that's odd too, because all the various aptitude tests I've taken show music and mathematics as my strong suit.  I can only conclude that all that is trumped by recklessness, another trait, which has me doing stuff like this, or plain carelessness. 

Bottom line then is,  when it comes to astro physics I'm a spectator who could not if you put a gun to my head understand the numbers behind Particle Fever, but am nevertheless enthralled by them.  BTW, I was rooting for a 140 GeV. Why?  I know, but can't explain it.  Also, if I was involved,  Monica would give me a boner, for some reason.


Helly said...

engineer types who stop here; I don't know why.

I know, I know! It's the untidiness.

Sort of like the British holiday boys who wander into the dark side streets of North Sarasota -- they're looking for something they can't get at home.

DougM said...

Smiiile when you say "engineer," son.
Scientists come up with ideas that should work, often because the math does.
Engineers then build devices to test those scientists' ideas by employing the ideas which scientists and mathematicians earlier showed do work.
Rinse, repeat.

Anonymous said...

And machinists keep it all going. They're the ones who have to take the crap engineers put down on paper and figure out a way to make it so it will actually work.

rwnutjob said...

Rodge, Did the same thing. Got a BFA without taking math. Took deductive logic in summer school as a replacement. Hell, it was just algebra without numbers. Made an A,B,C,D,F. Went down in a controlled crash, but average allowed me to pass.

Entered sales 'cause I couldn't make any money doing anything else & had to use Excel. Found I also had an aptitude for math & that writing the formulas in Excel was just like algebra.

Shoulda paid attention in high school.

Kim du Toit said...

All that stuff -- the math, the engineering, the maintenance -- is worth diddly without someone to actually buy and use the product.


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