Thursday, July 31, 2008

Physics, As Explained Using Your Ex-Girlfriends

0. Newtonian gravity is your high-school girlfriend. As your first encounter with physics, she's amazing. You will never forget Newtonian gravity, even if you're not in touch very much anymore.

1. Electrodynamics is your college girlfriend. Pretty complex, you probably won't date long enough to really understand her.

2. Special relativity is the girl you meet at the dorm party while you're dating electrodynamics. You make out. It's not really cheating because it's not like you call her back. But you have a sneaking suspicion she knows electrodynamics and told her everything.

3. Quantum mechanics is the girl you meet at the poetry reading. Everyone thinks she's really interesting and people you don't know are obsessed about her. You go out. It turns out that she's pretty complicated and has some issues. Later, after you've broken up, you wonder if her aura of mystery is actually just confusion.

The full list is here. Hat tip to someone, but I can't remember whom.


Larry B said...

There is only 1 flaw in the theory - pretty much anyone who understands these theories never really had any girlfriends anyway.

Allan R. Bevere said...

I bet the same thing can be done with psychology.

John said...

Hey, that would be a really good list, too!