A String Theorist Goes Into a Bar…

Theorist Richard Szabo has had part of an evening he spent last week at the bar in a Bloomsbury hotel memorialized in today’s Observer Magazine.

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16 Responses to A String Theorist Goes Into a Bar…

  1. island says:

    Mind you. It was me who left with the barmaid.

    She was still trying to grasp… something…

  2. amused says:

    It’s not any more amusing than YOU trying to lecture string theorists… 🙂

  3. woit says:

    Well, at least if I was in this situation I think I would have the good sense to be chatting with the barmaid, not the string theorist….

  4. secret milkshake says:

    there was a memorable moment with Feynman at a student party. Everybody was merry and drinking, having good time but some guy trying to impress his girfriend started explaining his “insight” to F in her presence. This went on and on for quite some time, and it was painfuly obvious that the guy did not have a clue what he was talking about. Trying to be delicate, F. waited until the guy finished and tried to change the subject. But the guy persisted: “So what do you think about this theory, professor?” “Well, if I were you, I would not think this way.”

  5. Lubos Motl says:

    That’s almost as entertaining as Brittany Shields sitting next to me in the airplane, looking at my notes about extended worldsheet supersymmetry, and starting to read The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene. 😉

  6. woit says:

    Lubos, your facts are as contorted on this topic as on all others. Brittany Shields? I assume you mean either Brittany Spears or my Princeton fellow student Brooke Shields (OK, she was an undergrad, barely overlapped with me, and I only saw her in the distance once or twice, but still….)

  7. CW says:

    It’s Britney Spears, not that anyone reading this blog would care (right?).

  8. secret milkshake says:

    the Lumo’s entertaining conversation went like this:

    “Uhm. Do you know I actually translated this book into Czech and it got published and all, and everybody likes me there now?”

  9. Chris Oakley says:

    I don’t think that Britney Spears has done much on Superstring theory. All I could find on the internet were her notes on Semiconductors.
    Personally, though, I think that any enlightenment on “ultimate” theories is more likely to come from rappers than mainstream pop idols (MC Hawking, for example). They tend to have more of a philosophical bent.

  10. Wolfgang says:

    Read all about the famous soccer player
    Brittany Shields.

  11. Wolfgang says:

    Ooops: basketball not soccer …

  12. Chris Oakley says:

    Funnily enough, Croton-on-Hudson is where my great-great-uncle Eugene Boissevain lived with Edna St. Vincent Millay, the American poetess. Small world. She also wrote songs, though I doubt that Britney Spears would have been envious of her level of success.

  13. Maybe Lubos was sitting between the two of them and there was some spooky action at a distance quantum entanglement thing going on?

  14. D R Lunsford says:

    Yes, Lubos has his facts wrong as usual. Here is what really happened:



  15. Thomas Larsson says:

    Wolfgang, Brittany Shields is is soccer player.

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