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Honourary london.pm member and involuntarily prolific poster. Self-taught Perl hacker. Language geek.

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Tuesday August 20, 2002
04:49 AM

Undergraduate physics

[ #7189 ]

This was linked to from UserFriendly today:

http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~kovar/hall.html

A write-up of an experiment which failed to provide the results he expected; a little rant. Here's the abstract:

The exponential dependence of resistivity on temperature in germanium is found to be a great big lie. My careful theoretical modeling and painstaking experimentation reveal 1) that my equipment is crap, as are all the available texts on the subject and 2) that this whole exercise was a complete waste of my time.

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  • I think most of my first years electrical and digital engineering went.

    I don't think I ever actually produced a single working item in the first two years of my degree.

    --

    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;
    • Somehow, this item reminded me of the time my lab group in Physics experimentally disproved the law of conservation of energy -- three or four times in succession.

      Checked the measurements, checked the math, repeated the experiment. Who knows, we might have had the solution to the world's energy needs, but that day we were just glad to leave and forget it!

      --
      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers