30 March 2013

The Monk and The Physicist

This is a parable about a monk and a physicist.
Moai bar stools

If you asked a monk if light was a particle or a wave, he'd say both. A physicist doesn't have the luxury of certainty without some burden of proof.

Part of me wants to be both monk and physicist. Or perhaps someone who writes about their encounter in a bar.
A monk and a physicist walk into a bar. Barkeeper says, "Free drinks if you can tell me if light is a particle or a wave." The monks says, "Both!" The physicist ponders this question for quite some time. Finally he asks, "Whatever happened to the Priest and the Rabbi?"
There are few easy questions and even fewer satisfying answers.

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