A funny anecdote about Enrico Fermi

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A funny anecdote about Enrico Fermi

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mar 10, 2017, 9:57pm

I am reading about nuclear physics and the making of the atomic bomb. I came across this very funny anecdote about Enrico Fermi:

Fermi was visiting Oppenheimer's group at Berkeley, where he attended a lecture. He confided to a colleague, "I must be getting old. I don't understand anything these young scientists are saying. The only thing I understood was the last line: 'And that is the theory of beta decay of Enrico Fermi'"

mar 19, 2017, 2:05pm

Not related, really, but Enrico's response reminded me that when I was young, I thought I was so smart. I look back and do a face palm. Today, I realize I'm really not smart at all, which is one of the wisest revelations I've ever had.