Where can physicists be found?

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hm... maybe I have too much time on my hands... maybe I am just taking a leap in to the unknown... maybe... maybe not... anyway, to get to the point, I want to ask the good people of PF: where can physicists (nuclear physicists and astrophysicists in particular) be found in the wild? where do they aggregate? what do they partake in when not in the pursuit of knowledge? there is an absurd lack of information on these mysterious creatures....
 

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Gonna say: conventions. Otherwise, outside of a university, they probably try to keep a low profile.

Not sure that there is such a thing as a Physicist bar.
 
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ooooh! there should be one! that would be so cool! it could defy gravity, have a black hole where people could hide in... have worm holes to crawl through, have nuclear stuff to make people excited... giant magnets to stick people to... we could drink weird stuff... whatever physicists like to drink... lol the possibilities are endless! a cosmic room to watch the stars... anti-matter room.... where things doesnt matter! etc.etc
 
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FrancisZ
ooooh! there should be one! that would be so cool! it could defy gravity, have a black hole where people could hide in... have worm holes to crawl through, have nuclear stuff to make people excited... giant magnets to stick people to... we could drink weird stuff... whatever physicists like to drink... lol the possibilities are endless! a cosmic room to watch the stars... anti-matter room.... where things doesnt matter! etc.etc

Reminds me of funny scenes from the Elegant Universe...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NWoxdJ1sIk&feature=related

Sorry, I can't pinpoint it actually; but there's a funny scene in a theoretical bar. It's well worth the watch anyway.
 
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These sort of stereotypes are ridiculous. Why are physicists thought to be mysterious creatures waiting to be "found" somewhere?
 
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When I was in grad school, the nearest thing to a "physicists' happy hour" was at 3:30 PM every weekday, when the department secretaries put out coffee and cookies on a table near the preprint racks. This was long before the advent of arXiv.org, when physicists still communicated breaking news and ideas via paper preprints sent out to physics departments worldwide.

One day per week this was followed by the weekly departmental colloquium, which usually had a visiting speaker from some other university. Other days, there were specialized colloquia, e.g. for nuclear physics.

I think most departments still have a weekly colloquium with refreshments. Otherwise, I can't think of any remotely social venue (outside of APS conferences of course) where you might find enriched concentrations of physicists.
 
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. Why are physicists thought to be mysterious creatures waiting to be "found" somewhere?

Someone gave me one for Christmas once. It was very hard to take care of, though. I ended up driving it down to JPL and setting it free.
 
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Someone gave me one for Christmas once. It was very hard to take care of, though. I ended up driving it down to JPL and setting it free.

:rofl:
 
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Someone gave me one for Christmas once. It was very hard to take care of, though. I ended up driving it down to JPL and setting it free.

S'what I would've done.:approve:
 
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They are found in areas of high gravity.
 
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Physicists drink Absinthe & Stroh 80% that is blacker than a black hole when out congregatedly camping lighting fires via Boltzmann's equations
while lighting up the sky with derivations of Maxwell's equations, or so I'm led to believe :biggrin:
 
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FrancisZ
I'll bet a bunch went to Comic-Con. They'd definitely go to the Trekkie conventions.
 
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A better question might be how to spot a physicist. See, we participate in the same activities that everyone else does, but don't always look at things the same way. If you notice someone at a party staring at a glowstick through a beer bottle, for instance, they may be a physicist thinking about why the beer bottle seems to block blue light but not red light. Or they may just be drunk and trying not to vomit.

Or both.
 
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I'll bet a bunch went to Comic-Con. They'd definitely go to the Trekkie conventions.

I don't konw a single physicist that does that, yet countless other normal, or "normies", people who went to that stupidity.
 
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If you find one physicist somewhere then that would be classified as a high concentration of physicists.
 
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They can be found racing go-karts.
 
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lol... these responses are funny!
 
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Someone gave me one for Christmas once. It was very hard to take care of, though. I ended up driving it down to JPL and setting it free.
They are quite difficult to care for. You never know if you are over or under watering them.
 
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I'll bet a bunch went to Comic-Con. They'd definitely go to the Trekkie conventions.

yeah! I do a know a physicist who went to Comic-Con! but he was researching lazers... not what I am interested in sadly...
 
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A better question might be how to spot a physicist. See, we participate in the same activities that everyone else does, but don't always look at things the same way. If you notice someone at a party staring at a glowstick through a beer bottle, for instance, they may be a physicist thinking about why the beer bottle seems to block blue light but not red light. Or they may just be drunk and trying not to vomit.

Or both.

yeah it IS difficult to spot a physicist in a crowd! they look pretty much like another human! makes my life so difficult...
 
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If you notice someone at a party staring at a glowstick through a beer bottle, for instance, they may be a physicist thinking about why the beer bottle seems to block blue light but not red light.

And he might be getting the idea for his Nobel Prize, like Donald Glaser who got the idea for the bubble chamber while watching bubbles form in his beer in a bar in Ann Arbor (the Village Bell, if I remember correctly).
 
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You'll find them at the h bar
 

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