Just a little story about a conversation that recently occurred in the MPB household:
Mrs. MPB: It’s not everyday a Canadian wins a Physics Nobel Prize. So, I decided I needed to read more about it. But i still have one tiny question, why is it such a big deal that neutrino’s flip and have mass?
Mr. MPB with eye brow raised: What?!
Mrs. MPB: Seriously, you know drastically more about physics then the average person, so help me understand. I’m not sure I get why this is such a big deal, a Nobel Prize winning achievement.
Mr. MPB, clearly confused: Google it.
Mrs. MPB: I did that. I actually read a lot about it, but I still don’t see how knowing something has mass is worthy of a Nobel Prize. It’s not like he discovered penicillin and will save millions of lives. Clearly, I’m just not getting it, I’m missing something.
Mr. MPB: Okay, I’ll explain it……blah, blah, blah, blah. (That’s not actually what he said, it’s just what I heard).
Mrs. MPB: Okay, can you try again, but using MPB language?
Mr. MPB: Okay, I’ll try……blah, blah, blah, blah. (Again, not what he actually said, just what I heard).
Mrs. MPB: I’m still not getting it. You’re telling me that a thing from the sun bounced around in a giant thing under ground somewhere in Canada and that means something super critical to the field of physics and the world as a whole? How did the thing from the sun even get into the long tube under ground? How many years did it take to get there? How do they even know it came from the sun? Are you sure the sun is even involved in this? Can these tiny things just go straight through me? How come I cannot feel them? And seriously, does this mean teleportation is the next step for humans?! I want to teleport!!
Mr. MPB: You know I love you MBP. But, I think it’s best that I take care of teaching our kids about science…and math too.
Mrs. MPB: I love you too! Maybe I’ll just let this one go and trust that the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences knew what they were doing when they determined this years award recipiants. And I’ll stick to doing what I’m best at, which is certainty never going to be physics!!
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