I leaped to the challenge, but immediately faced two obstacles. The first was that as a Ph.D. alumnus of the university, I had spent all of my time at Chicago chained to my desk, with my advisor sliding food under my office door at irregular intervals. So I had no memory of any famous campus scenes to recreate. But one scene did come to mind -- this iconic photo of Enrico Fermi:
|There's actually a mistake in this photo -- can you find it? Answer at the end of the post.|
|Enrico Fermi, the marshmallow bunny. The error in the original photo is repeated here -- how's that for verisimilitude?|
Sadly, we did not. But our entry was picked up by Fermilab's house publication, Symmetry Magazine. And my daughter has gone on to college in theatre design, where she has had the opportunity to move beyond marshmallows as a design medium.
And what about the error in the photo? The fine structure constant is alpha = e^2/hbar c, not hbar^2/ec. Kind of ruins the whole effect, doesn't it?