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February 4, 2009

These results just don’t make sense!

srikanth @ 9:00 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1233781255 ) Play

<sigh… question got corrupted somehow… I’m just re-posting it…>

Identify and connect:

  • 004876b93d640327c6a2fba11913f5a1
  • 61eefd3ae5808191ea087cdca343c713

Cracked by udupendra , Kaiser Soze , Kal , Raghuvansh , duriel , username , Sharada , p vs np , Nakul , Aparna , priyananda , shrik and nisha’s thambi.

Answer:

Apologies for the editing… my initial question was apparently not as smartly and sassily framed as I thought it was.

Wolfgang Pauli.

He was apparently so legendarily bad at practical work, that people believed that instruments would give up as soon as he approached. Legend has it that one day an instrument at Gottingen managed to fail even though he  was not around. People thought the curse of Pauli was finally lifted, but alas it was not to be. He was apparently enroute from Copenhagen to Zurich and his train had stopped at Gottingen. The instruments instantly failed.

This effect, ladies and gents, is the Pauli Effect.


25 Responses to “These results just don’t make sense!”

  1. Ps

    1. Wolfgang Pauli
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_Pauli

    Nobel prize in Physics in 1945 for quantum theory and the Exclusion Principle.

    2.
    Was affiliated/ worked at the
    a. University of Copenhagen (with Bohr),
    b. University of Göttingen (with Max Born, as an assistant)&
    c. ETH Zürich (as a Professor of Theoretical Physics).


  2. Ananth
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    You have used his principle to ‘exclude’ Copenhagen, Princeton & Hamburg, the other places where he worked.

    Wolfgang Pauli.


  3. p vs np
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    Easy. Wolfgang Pauli.
    The connect hmm..is that he has spent some time in each of these places either teaching (Zurich)or working under some ‘bond’ people (Max Born- Gottingen, Neils Bohr- Copenhagen)??


  4. sidsen
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    pauli


  5. nisha's thambi
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    Wolfgang Pauli. He taught at all these places?


  6. AmK
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    Wolfgang Pauli. He studied at universities in Gottingen and Copenhagen, and taught in Zurich.


  7. udupendra
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    Wolfgang Pauli, and the Pauli Effect in which instruments go bonkers whenever Pauli is around. Most well known instance was when he was on a train from Copenhagen to Zurich, and when the train was passing through Gottingen, an expensive instrument at the University stopped functioning altogether.

    Nice question.


  8. Kaiser Soze

    Pauli Effect named after Wolfgang Pauli


  9. Kal
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    Wolfgang Pauli and the effect is pauli effect, a reference to the apparently mysterious failure of technical equipment in the presence of certain people.

    An incident occurred in the physics laboratory at the University of Göttingen. An expensive measuring device, for no apparent reason, suddenly stopped working, although Pauli was in fact absent. James Franck, the director of the institute reported the incident to his colleague Pauli in Zürich with the humorous remark that at least this time Pauli was innocent. However, it turned out that Pauli on the way from Copenhagen to Zürich had had a short stop at Göttingen rail station waiting for a train connection at about the time of failure.


  10. Raghuvansh
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    Wolfgang Pauli, the Pauli effect.

    Supposedly he was so inept with physical equipment that people joked that stuff around him would just stop working in his presence; on one occasion something in Zurich conked when he wasn’t around and a joke letter was sent out to Pauli that the Pauli effect wasn’t real. Turned out later that our man was in fact in Zurich at the time, on a stop en route from Gottingen to Copenhagen.


  11. Raghuvansh
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    Whoops. I mixed up the places badly. Conk happened in Gottingen, where Pauli was, en route to Zurich from Copenhagen.


  12. duriel
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    Pauli Effect

    Wolfgang Pauli was a theoretical physicist and experiments/hardware were known to fail in his presence

    The map funda is a long story. Read here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauli_effect


  13. username
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    Person in pic: Wolfgang Pauli
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_Pauli

    Effect is : Pauli effect

    for fundae read this:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauli_effect


  14. Goyal
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    Wolfgang Pauli

    From Wiki:

    He spent a year at the University of Göttingen as the assistant to Max Born, and the following year at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Copenhagen (which became the Niels Bohr Institute in 1965). From 1923 to 1928, he was a lecturer at the University of Hamburg. During this period, Pauli was instrumental in the development of the modern theory of quantum mechanics. In particular, he formulated the exclusion principle and the theory of nonrelativistic spin.


  15. Sharada

    The Pauli Effect. Where technical equipment fails in presence of specific people.

    Quote Wikipedia: in the physics laboratory at the University of Göttingen. An expensive measuring device, for no apparent reason, suddenly stopped working, although Pauli was in fact absent…turned out that Pauli on the way from Copenhagen to Zürich had had a short stop at Göttingen rail station waiting for a train connection at about the time of failure


  16. p vs np
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    Ok. Fresh answer. The guy remains Wolfgang Pauli :D

    The “effect” that’s being alluded to is the eponymous Pauli Effect. Being lazy to type, quoting Wiki:

    “An incident occurred in the physics laboratory at the University of Göttingen. An expensive measuring device, for no apparent reason, suddenly stopped working, although Pauli was in fact absent. James Franck, the director of the institute reported the incident to his colleague Pauli in Zürich with the humorous remark that at least this time Pauli was innocent. However, it turned out that Pauli on the way from Copenhagen to Zürich had had a short stop at Göttingen rail station waiting for a train connection at about the time of failure.”


  17. Nakul

    Wolfgang pauli and Pauli effect. It is a reference to the apparently mysterious failure of technical equipment in the presence of certain people. Pauli in this case.

    The breaking of an costly measuring device at the University of Göttingen while pauli was on his way being the specific example pointed out here. Phew :)


  18. Aparna
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    The person is Wolfgang Pauli. The effect is the Pauli effect
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauli_effect which is some weird thing about mysterious failure of technical equipment in the presence of certain people.
    The details about the journey from Copenhagen to Zurich via Gottingen and the mysterious failure of some equipment in Gottingen when he was at the train station is given in the wiki, don’t feel like re-writing it here :)


  19. madhur
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    Pauli effect named after Wolfgang Pauli


  20. priyananda

    1. Wolfgang Pauli
    2. Pauli effect – mysterious failure of technical equipment in the presence of certain peopleAn incident occurred in the physics laboratory at the University of Göttingen. An expensive measuring device, for no apparent reason, suddenly stopped working, although Pauli was in fact absent. James Franck, the director of the institute reported the incident to his colleague Pauli in Zürich with the humorous remark that at least this time Pauli was innocent. However, it turned out that Pauli on the way from Copenhagen to Zürich had had a short stop at Göttingen rail station waiting for a train connection at about the time of failure.


  21. shrik
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    Wolfgang Pauli, and the Pauli effect.

    Some doodad stopped working in Gottingen Univ ‘cos (or maybe not.. :P) Pauli had stopped over en route from Zurich to Copenhagen.. (or the other way round)


  22. Ananth
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    Addendum: Pauli effect
    The mysterious failure of technical equipment in the presence of certain people.


  23. nisha's thambi
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    why da all these retrospective amendments?!
    pauli, train carrying him from copenhagen to zurich stopped at gottingen- malfunction in nearby lab attributed to his aura, pauli effect


  24. Dibyo
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    Dang. I could have sworn I typed this answer in.


  25. madhur
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    I wasn’t given a point for this.. I just happened to check today.


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