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What’s in a name? - A Recovering Physicist's Apology

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There has been some confusion about my blog’s name, A Recovering Physicist’s Apology, it isn’t an “I’m sorry” kind of apology. I choose the name as a spoof of G. H. Hardy’s masterpiece A Mathematician's Apology. It is the classical sense of “apology” that is to say a defense and/or a justification. Weird how words shift over time! Anyways, I am not apologizing for being a physics major, because I get far far too much joy from laughing and pointing at people when they try and impress me by saying they majored in a tough subject like Environmental Studies, or Economics, or Chemistry, or English, or Literature, or a language, or Music, or Computer whatcha callit, or Philosophy, or Biology, or History, or Mathematics, or something that ends with “Studies, “ or anything that isn’t physics. Ohh you want an apology for that statement? I am elitist what can I say. Okay, okay here is my apology, I am sorry your major wasn’t anywhere near as rigorous as mine and you are a lesser person because of it. That’s A Recovering Physicist’s Apology!
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Date:October 25th, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC)
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Yeah all those other majors are stupid! Physics is the only legitimate major.
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From:lisl_bo_beazl
Date:October 29th, 2004 10:50 am (UTC)

an apology of "apology"

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well (lisl puts on her classics glasses):

the "apology" is indeed a genre of justification or defense, dating back well into Classical times. One of the more famous ones was Plato's "Apology," in which he recounts Socrates' famous defense of philosophy before the Athenian jury. Another famous apology (in Latin) is that of Apuleius (defending against the charge of witchcraft). The word "apology" is actually a close transliteration of the ancient Greek word "apologia," which literally means "against the word" and comes to mean "a speech in defense."
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From:lisl_bo_beazl
Date:October 29th, 2004 10:58 am (UTC)

an apology of "apology"

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well (lisl puts on her classics glasses):

the apology was indeed a genre of defense or justification, dating back well into classical times. Probably the most famous one was Plato's "Apology," in which he recounts Socrates' defense of philosophy before the Athenian jurists of his trial (he was found guilty, of course, and poisoned himself). Another apology (in Latin) is that of Apuleius (against the charge of witchcraft). The word "apology" is almost a direct transliteration of the Greek "apologia," which literally means "against the word" and comes to mean "a speech in defense." the genre was taken up and used heavily by the early Christian writers in the 4th century C.E. so there
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