About the Author

Sarah can be found on Twitter as @sc_k. While taking time off from her studies for medical reasons, Sarah discovered that blogging was a great way to stay up to date with research. For the blogroll and a list of good literature/references on general relativity, see: Recommended Reading. Check out the introduction post for a taste of what this blog is all about (including links to the archives).

Contact:  sarah.kavassalis[at]alumni.utoronto[dot]ca

What’s the name “The Language of Bad Physics” all about?

Often good physicists use sloppy terminology and incorrect definitions, in otherwise sound work, that end up taking away from the overall quality of the research.  Sometimes incorrect language is a sign of incorrect thinking, but other times it is just because of a convention started out of convenience.  In the internet age, where academic material is widely available across fields, papers are more and more frequently being read (and cited) by people who aren’t working in the specific field that the work was written from. While careless language use may be understood by practitioners of a certain subject, when there isn’t a consensus across fields, it is easy for work to be misinterpreted, and if used without full understanding, for false “truths” to be propagated .

The background for the masthead for this version of TLoBP comes from Einstein’s Zurich Notebook (even brilliant physicists have to cross things out sometimes), which you can view online at the Einstein Archives.