Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I recently surprised Joan a bit by pointing out that I was not a physicist, as she had just implied, since all my degrees are in electrical engineering.  She explained her implication by saying that I was "plausibly a physicist."  I took that as a compliment, since most of the people I work with, including her, are physicists, and not just plausibly.


  1. I think at a certain point one must go beyond defining one's self by one's degrees. It is not hard to imagine someone with an advanced degree in science who stops being a scientist. Alternately, your job doesn't define you either. At one point I was a literary scholar who was working unhappily as an editor at a software company.

    I don't believe I know anyone who thinks more consistently in terms of forces, energy, and matter. I'm pretty sure you are more than plausibly a physicist. And I nearly had a degree in a field that specializes in ontology, so I should know.

  2. Thank you for your kind words. I suppose it could be argued that I'm a science-fiction geek, athlete, and occasional engineer who is employed as a physicist.