Reader challenge: My physical romance
Chemistry gets all the press around Valentine’s Day, but for some, real romance springs from physics.
Before next week’s holiday, we at symmetry breaking want to know about your affair with physics. Send us a love letter (or “Dear John” letter) about your research, a playful pun about a physical concept, or a story about a connection you’ve made with a fellow scientist. Post your comments here or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will publish our favorites on Feb. 14.
What is it about physics that ignites our passions and enchants our hearts? Perhaps it’s the inherent romantic nature of the subject. For example, even though there is no “physical” relationship between love and entanglement, the figurative metaphor is enticing: two kindred spirits with entangled hearts, their two quantum spin states forever interlocked. Of course their two quantum spin states might be opposite once a measurement is made, but perhaps that’s just how love works.
You could make a similar conclusion about quantum coupling and dating. Or even conjecture that the plot of every romantic comedy is merely a dramatic interpretation of the strong nuclear force (particles pulled together despite their initial repulsions for one another—sound familiar?)
But maybe our love for physics goes deeper than the superficial puns we can make about various classical concepts. Perhaps deep down, all physicists are hopeless romantics, continually seeking that ideal and perfect relationship that will bring meaning to their lives (and data).
Tell us your story (or give us your best joke). Share the love.