The title of this blog post probably set racing the hearts of any physicists reading it, and possibly put a smug smile on the face of any engineers. The theorist and experimentalist are often seen as opposing forces in science: one’s work approximates what the other’s proclaims. But which one does which job depends on whom you ask.
If I seem a bit on edge, it’s because we just heated oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (or 477.6 K, for those of you with a thing for scientific units) and discovered that the plastic on certain objects does in fact begin to decompose at elevated temperatures. It’s a long story.
They say time flies when you’re having fun. Even at this early point of the summer, I’m afraid that if I blink, I’ll miss the rest of it—week two felt, if anything, faster than the first. Maybe it’s because this week I got to start working at NIST on my research project.