When I was lecturing on lasers this week, I was surprised to discover how many of my students were unaware that laser was an acronym (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation). Science is replete with acronyms - Ira Levine once essayed that if you knew enough acronyms you could pretend you knew computational chemistry - good, bad, really funny and occasionally unfortunate.
On my desk is a paper which refers (with as near as I can tell with a straight face) to "PUS research." Public Understanding of Science. I swear this is true.
If you've got a favorite one - funny, famous or truly unfortunate - leave it in the comments for all of us to enjoy...
Science in the kitchen: Jello lasers
Romancing the stone (steampunk lit and lasers)
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