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Why physicists should not be parents.

Mike keeps saying that I remind him of the dad from Calvin and Hobbes. I suppose tonight's conversation with the younger boy didn't help:

YB: "Mom, did you know that we live in a giant web and it's invisible? And dragons and aliens live on other planets!"

Me: "Actually, we're floating in neutrino soup."

YB: "Is that the web?"

Me: "Pretty much. And dragons live in Calabi-Yau spaces."

YB: *pause* "What about the aliens?"

Me: "They live in different Calabi-Yau spaces than the dragons."

YB: "I knew it!"

Poor kid is going to be so messed up as an adult.


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(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
Adhesion and Cohesion
My 24-mo-old asks me why a small amount of soup adheres to the bottom of the spoon, and he gives the impression he impression of listening to the long explanation. I thought I would be a better parent if I were a physicist. He asks, "why" and "why", until we get to "the electrostatic force, I think". Beyond that, all I know is the nature of the universe is to have an electrostatic force that obeys Coulomb's law.

CJ
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