Monday, October 10, 2005

Confessions of a physics major

An undergrad outlines his blighted experiment on the exponential dependence of resistivity on temperature in germanium; or as he put it, a "bunch of crap".
Check this shit out ... That's bonafide, 100%-real data, my friends. I took it myself over the course of two weeks. And this was not a leisurely two weeks, either; I busted my ass day and night in order to provide you with nothing but the best data possible. Now, let's look a bit more closely at this data, remembering that it is absolutely first-rate. Do you see the exponential dependence? I sure don't. I see a bunch of crap.

Christ, this was such a waste of my time.

Banking on my hopes that whoever grades this will just look at the pictures, I drew an exponential through my noise. I believe the apparent legitimacy is enhanced by the fact that I used a complicated computer program to make the fit. I understand this is the same process by which the top quark was discovered...

Going into physics was the biggest mistake of my life. I should've declared CS. I still wouldn't have any women, but at least I'd be rolling in cash.
Perhaps he should pursue a career in comedy?

(Image: Murray Robertson's alchemy inspired germanium symbol as commisioned by

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