how to tell if your rabbit is dead

April 12, 2006 at 7:44 pm | | crazy figure contest, literature, nerd

I was flipping trough one of my favorite books, my signed Dover edition of Dynamic Light Scattering by Berne and Pecora, and (on page 77) I found this great figure:


I think this would be a good first contestant in a Worst Figure Contest. I mean, what the hell is the point of this experiment, anyway? If I handed you a possibly dead rabbit, would your first thought be, Hey, just throw it into this light-scattering device? It would be if your name was Bob Pecora.


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  3. Nice post. That’s funny stuff.

    And it’s pretty awesome that you have a signed copy of an academic/ text book.

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  4. My “dead-rabbit” experiment seems to exhibit oscillatory behavior – must be Schrodinger’s.

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