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  •  Big bang and Greek letters: Alpher, Bethe, Gamow (1+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama

    Speaking of the big bang and Greek letters and physicists, do you know the story of the Alpher, Bethe and Gamow paper? It's described in Wikipedia here: Alpher-Bethe-Gamow
    Short version: Bethe was added as a co-author to this paper to make the amusing name sequence. He was a smart guy though and apparently did make some contributions to the paper after his name was added.

    •  This is a sad example of Gamow's sense of humor (0+ / 0-)

      Why?

      Why?  I ask you, why do the smartest people in the world have a sense of humor that produces the lowest form of comedy?  Puns.

      Argh!

      [nb.  I am not saying I don't tell puns in my classes - I do.  But at least I have the decency to feel ashamed about it!]

      -- illegitimi non carborundum

      by BadBoyScientist on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 06:05:04 PM PDT

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