Things I Saw in Stony Brook: Bug Book Edition.

I was studying in the Melville Library yesterday and this book caught my attention

Of course, I had to know what “Acarology” was, and when I looked it up, I discovered it was the study of ticks and mites. It’s pretty cool that there’s a whole book devoted not just to this subject, but in fact to the “recent advancements” in the field. Better still is the fact that there are two shelves worth of such books:

That’s the one sad thing about physics: we don’t have any cool-but-arcane names for our sub-fields. A Biologist can be an Acarologist and will always have a guaranteed conversation starter when people have to ask “Oh wow, what does that mean you study?” But if you tell someone you’re a neutrino physicist, well, they have a pretty good chance of guessing what kinds of particles you spend your time playing with…

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About Colin West
Colin West is a graduate student in quantum information theory, working at the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University. Originally from Colorado (where he attended college), his interests outside of physics include politics, paper-folding, puzzles, playing-cards, and apparently, plosives.

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