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General advantages/Disadvantages of going into physics

  1. May 24, 2007 #1
    general opinions? hate your job? have trouble meeting women? what problems are there living as a physicist

    (yes i am aware that this is the PF lounge. i'm posting here on purpose)
     
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  3. May 24, 2007 #2

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    Well, from the physics scenes in Spiderman 3, there are oodles of attractive female physicists. Of course they were all working on a machine that can break a man up into particles and still leave him alive, so they probably are to busy to date the rest of us male physicists.....:rofl::rolleyes:

    Seriously though. I'd say the worst part of being a physics STUDENT is the looks you get..... You know, the "why the hell would you want to do THAT for living look?" :eek: whenever you tell someone outside the sciences what your major is.
     
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  4. May 24, 2007 #3
    Personally, i think it is very impractical for some one to go into the field and not as a genius.
     
  5. May 24, 2007 #4

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    I'm sorry, do you mean that a person has to be a genius for it to be practical to go into physics?

    If this is the case, I must disagree. I think a person must be intelligent, but not a genius to be a successful physicist.
     
  6. May 24, 2007 #5
    string theory got pretty far using that method
     
  7. May 24, 2007 #6
    yeah... i get that from my friends sometimes when i tell them my goals. what i want to know is "how can you NOT be obsessed with physics?!" :bugeye:
     
  8. May 24, 2007 #7

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    Well really any field. Consider the members of this forum. Do you consider the members here who are known to be successful physicists with jobs and publications to be geniuses? I wouldn't think so. I far as I can tell, they are just intelligent people, with a love for science and good work ethic.
     
  9. May 24, 2007 #8

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    Hehehe, I wonder how they would answer that?
     
  10. May 24, 2007 #9

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    I disagree. Every little contribution helps.
     
  11. May 24, 2007 #10

    G01

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    Exactly. Science is something that the scientific community works on together. It's not a competition between scientists.
     
  12. May 24, 2007 #11
    generals dont win wars by themselves
     
  13. May 25, 2007 #12

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    well... depending on the scientist; They actually make us compete with each other in Grad School... but yeah, that is the ideal.
     
  14. May 25, 2007 #13
    I'm entering college fall 07, but I've already received that look from people asking what my major will be... Goes something like this

    Friend: What are you planning on majoring in?
    Me: Physics
    Friend: Why would you do that? What will you do with a physics degree?
     
  15. May 25, 2007 #14

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    That's my favorite line!!!

    I also like what happens next..........

    Me:Well, What's you major?

    Friend: Communications:approve:

    Me::uhh:
     
  16. May 25, 2007 #15
    Heard that line more times than I can remember.
     
  17. May 25, 2007 #16

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    I know an astrophysicist, and when he gets asked "What do you do?" by the person sitting next to him in a plane, he responds:

    "I'm an astronomer" if he feels like talking;

    "I'm a physicist" if he doesn't want to be disturbed.
     
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