Quick hits

By Sean Carroll | January 8, 2006 11:39 pm

Two quick things noticed on Cynical-C.

First, very much up the old Cosmic Variance alley, a list of the Ten Most Beautiful Physics Experiments ever. I have a funny feeling we’ve linked to it before, but it’s worth a visit. I would have voted for Archimedes taking a bath over Galileo dropping balls from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which after all probably never happened. (He did, however, amuse himself during sermons at the next-door cathedral by using his pulse to time the chandelier swinging overhead, thereby discovering that the period of a pendulum is independent of its amplitude.)

Our fan base will verify that we here at CV are utterly beholden to the dictates of political correctness, so this other link is somewhat outside our normal fare: but it is perhaps the best blonde joke ever.

  • Sam Gralla

    I love it. I had that same one written in my high school chemistry textbook.

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  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/clifford/ Clifford

    Sean, your post represents quite a coincidence, given the post I’ve been preparing…. up in as short time….. -cvj

  • Cygnus

    That’s one really awesome joke. Reminds me of an Asimov story about the creation of humour. It was called Joker or something like that I think.

    None of Faraday’s experiments?

  • JoAnne

    I would have included the photo-electric effect. Gave Einstein a Nobel and verifed quantum mechanics. I guess I would have rated it above Young’s Double slit.

  • http://jenniferhead.cfa.harvard.edu Jennifer

    But it is a bit irritating, I was in the mood for a laugh, not a click fest (and it took me longer than was comfortable to figure it out :)). Ok, this isn’t a joke, and you don’t have to click to get it, but it is about blondes:

    “I don’t mind when people call me a dumb blonde, because I aint dumb and I aint blonde.”
    – Dolly Parton

  • Torbjorn Larsson

    In a similar vein it was irritating if you suspected it at once. (Compounded with still having to check one click further!) Alas, correct timing is essential to most jokes.

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  • http://pantheon.yale.edu/~eal48 Eugene

    I owe up. I clicked through 3 links before it hits me….

  • citrine

    What? No mention of Michelson – Morley on the list?


    I look for “smart blonde” jokes and send them around to my Caucasian-American friends (all of whom coincidentally happen to be natural blondes who are extremely smart).

  • agm

    Ah, the lj set has done it’s work well.

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Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] cosmicvariance.com .


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