Physics on TV

By Sean Carroll | March 18, 2010 8:08 am

You never know where you’ll find it.

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  • http://backreaction.blogspot.com/ Bee

    *lol* Not bad. Sounds like a scrambled recording from questions in a parallel session on physics beyond the standard model.

  • michael s pierce

    Awesome, best thing along those lines since Bush found an error in some calculations done at Fermilab. I suppose Bush is more traditional particle theorist, well steeped in the intricacies of renormalization and summing integrals while Sarah seems a bit more in tune with theory well beyond the standard model.

    http://www.theonion.com/content/node/38718

  • Radha
  • onymous

    The U parameter’s probably safe.

  • Alex

    Urgh, Microsoft Sam.

    “Right now I’m playing with a toy…”

    *insert sexist joke*

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Very funny, but in real life, I don’t think Palin would ever admit having made a mistake. It is not part of the Conservative credo. You betcha.

  • Jdhuey

    Ok. That was funny but just exactly which is the more unlikely, that Sarah Palin would know about theoretical physics or that Larry King would know more?

  • Brian137

    Ok. That was funny but just exactly which is the more unlikely, that Sarah Palin would know about theoretical physics or that Larry King would know more?

    I took the implication to be that she knew absolutely nothing about particle physics and had just memorized some lines that someone had composed for her. There would seem to be some precedents for this in her curriculum vitae. Since she did not understand what she was talking about in the first place, she was completely unable to respond to questions with anything beyond “You betcha.”

    I have long suspected that LK is really an extraterrestrial. If you watch the video closely, you will discern a certain lack of fluidity in his movements.

  • http://www.shaky.com Timon of Athens

    “I have long suspected that LK is really an extraterrestrial.”

    I have heard many strange things said about putative extraterrestrials, but this is the first time I have heard it suggested that they might all be total idiots.

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  • Steve

    That was wonderful! And she didn’t even have to read her talking points from the palm of her hand.

  • cnt. nukem

    It is just as hilarious as having a General Relativity professor talking about needs of common people, explaining what Congress and POTUS must do for them . :-)

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About Sean Carroll

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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