That’s a common stereotype, as a scientist, you certainly have some knowledge about science (of course! ), computers etc… So in people’s mind, a physicist is often considered as the ultimate evolution of the geek. I guess it’s not totally wrong, if you consider that a geek is a person who loves computers, science-fiction and complicated role-play games, they will certainly choose a carrier in science or computers.
Before I started my PhD I also though that many of the physicists were geeks, but I realized that it concerns only a small fraction of them.
Quite recently, a well known TV-show called “the big bang theory”, shows an extreme image of the physicists as geeks with no life and almost antisocial. The TV-show is very funny, and the references to our work makes me laugh often, but is it really the image we want to give? I’m pretty curious to read the comments about it. So, do you think that physicists are geeks? Do you think it could be bad for us to be seen as geeks?