"Way In The Lake" by Evgeni Dinev
When invited to present colloquia talks, I usually talk about atomic clocks and I am sometimes asked what a theorist is doing in this highly experimental field. I was thinking about this question for a while and then I was on a plane browsing through an in-flight catalog (you know the one that advertises stuff that you may want but really do not need) and I realized how to answer this question.
There was an ad for a beautiful wristwatch accompanied by a story on the fine craft of clockmaking. The story was comparing making a wristwatch to building a skyscraper out of matchsticks. So I thought, by that account, experimentalists working on atomic clocks are performing miracles. And if these experimentalists are walking on water, my role as a theorist is to show them where the stepping stones are.
This is one of my favorite illustrations of the importance of technical details. Below I am posting a figure from a paper by Peter Woit, where the Pauli's letter is displayed.
In 1958, Wolfgang Pauli sent letters to some fellow physicists, making fun of Werner Heisenberg's exaggerated claims to have developed a successful unified
theory. A copy of his letter to J. Robert Oppenheimer is shown here.
The letter says: Comment on Heisenberg Radio advertisement.
This is to show the world that I can paint like Titian. [Empty frame with jagged sides]. Only technical details are missing.
Here is a link to a similar letter to Gamov.
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