24/1/2013

Thinking that way

Filed under: — Bravus @ 11:27 am

As those who follow me on Facebook will now, I recently returned to playing golf, after a gap of … well, about 30 years! I used to play golf – and sail – for sport at school, which makes my schooling sound much posher than it really was.

Alex’s partner, Peter, has been my faithful golf buddy, and it’s excellent to have someone to play golf with: pretty lonely pursuit playing solo.

Peter, who is definitely better than me, having played much more recently, has been helping me with my swing, and I think I’m getting better.

I said “Ah, so you want all the acceleration to happen in the beginning of the swing, and the club head to be travelling at constant velocity at the moment of impact, so the momentum of the club head is what does the work on the ball…!”

…and he just looked at me blankly and a bit quizzically. Oh, yeah, that’s right – he doesn’t really speak that language or think in those terms.

(If I’d been playing with Cassie or her partner Crank, or even Alex, they’d have totally known what I was talking about!)

It’s nothing to do with education, or intelligence: Peter has just completed a degree in International Relations, in which he was on the Dean’s List in most semesters, and is currently working on a Masters. He’s very bright, and very well read and well informed… he just doesn’t speak physics!

2 responses to “Thinking that way”

  1. Mark says:

    If he did speak physics, would it reduce his risk of distorting his research results with physics envy?

  2. Bravus says:

    Maybe, yeah! ‘Tis indeed a terrible affliction – I think psychology’s infection is terminal…

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