Is this the plot with the most physics?

A long-ish read about a plot with lots of physics. Not the plot of a film or a novel but, you know, plot!


I began writing this somewhere between Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore, on the way home after week lecturing at the 22nd Vietnam School of Physics. The school was in the seaside town of Quy Nohn, and attracts students not just from Vietnam but from India, Thailand, Malaysia and more. Sample questions over dinner: Where are the best places to study particle physics? Have you met Stephen Hawking? Why did Britain vote to leave the EU? Do you support Manchester City or United?*

Talking to new audiences, I find that I see things partly through their eyes, and the new perspective nearly always throws up delights which had become blunted by familiarity. Watching a favourite film with family or friends who are seeing it for the first time has a similar effect. As long I avoid spoilers. (Mum, why did dad go weird when Leia kissed Luke like that? Hush, kids, he’s just weird. Watch the wookie.)

More at the Guardian.

About Jon Butterworth

UCL Physics prof, works on LHC, writes (books, Cosmic Shambles and elsewhere). Citizen of England, UK, Europe & Nowhere, apparently.
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