Larry Fleinhardt, the fictional Caltech string theorist in the TV show Numb3rs, has decided to give up on string theory for now and become a phenomenologist. According to the show’s co-writer Nick Falacci:
Like real-life physicists, Fleinhardt hit a roadblock trying to create an 11-dimensional supergravity theory.
So, he will be joining the DZero collaboration at the Tevatron and work on the search for the Higgs. According to Fermilab Today, an office for Fleinhardt at Fermilab has already been created.
It’s not clear if Ed Witten or his brother Matt had anything to do with this…
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