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Seth Zenz | Imperial College London | UK

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

“I’d join you, but I think I’m close to locating a gluino, which would completely validate Supersymmetrical Theory if we could include it in the bestiary.”

— Doctor Manhattan, from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen

My friends and I watch Watchmen tonight.  I read the comic book not long ago and loved it.  While I have my doubts that the movie can live up to the original, I have to see it just in case — and anyway, it will be fun.

Doctor Manhattan, the character quoted above, is an obvious hero to people in my profession.  A physicist by training and demigod by accident, he is somewhat socially ill-adjusted but does unparalleled work in understanding the subatomic makeup of the universe.  He can also explode things with the power of his mind, which we can’t do, but which would be useful from time to time in traffic.

This promises to be the most entertaining CERN group movie-watching since the particle accelererator scene in Terminator 3.

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