Physicist, Philosopher, and Engineer

The headline indicates that I am going to tell one of this old jokes: A physicist, a philosopher and an engineer meet …

This is in fact correct, but in an extremely subtle way. As the title of this blog and the pseudo-intellectual summary in the left pane should imply I am of course considering myself all three of them. A physicist by training, a philosopher by self-proclamation based on reading arbitrarily picked stuff,  and an engineer by just doing it. So I am actually working as an engineer. Why?

Comics often do grasp the essence of profound decisions in our careers, in particular in geeky careers. I owe this insight on the importance of comics in science also to the astute posting at nebusresearch on comics and mathematics.

So here’s the explanation

Why You Want To Be An Engineer – by SMBC Comics

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