Electron Band Structure in Germanium, My Ass: A pissed off physics undergrad

Fig. 1: Check this shit out.

The trials of a physics undergrad trying to complete a simple assignment with substandard gear, unhelpful fellows, and the dodgiest fit I’ve ever seen. (“Well, at least all the points lie in the same plane.”) A gem:

And another:

I still can’t stop laughing at that one.

Apparently the guy now has a Ph.D. in CS.

That’s hilarious. Is it something someone actually turned in?

It’s been around a fair while - at least five years, probably longer. [Looks] Ah, there we go Lucas Kovar. Electron Band Structure in Germanium, My Ass. Annals of Improbable Research, July 2001.

Still bloody funny and highly educational.

Bit lightweight, otherwise it’d be in the running for an IgNobel, I’d’ve said. :smiley:

I’ve seen this before, but I’m still crying, I’m laughing so hard.
(I needed that.)

I have a copy of this - I still have it on my bulletin board. Any science major can totally relate to this guy…

Thanks for showing me this. I have some old science teachers I need to show this too…