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December 28, 2010

Amanda Peet is no rocket scientist — but she is a professor of theoretical physics


Here are her research interests as related on her web page: "My goal is to understand the fundamental dynamics of all forces and particles seen so far in Nature, especially gravity. Broadly: I study the quantum dynamics of interactions between gravity and matter using string theory, with applications to black holes and cosmology, and links to gauge theory and particle physics. My past work focused on the black hole information paradox, black hole entropy, D-brane models of black holes, duality, holography, building of new geometries, spacetime singularity resolution, and cosmology. I will continue developing these interests, as well as develop others as new particle accelerator data from LHC and cosmological data (further) influence the field."

I'd never heard of professor Peet (top) until my semi-comatose crack research team espied in the third from last paragraph of yesterday's New York Times Business section front page story about the rise of TWIT, Leo Laporte's podcasting network, the following in reference to TWIT's chat rooms: "Amanda W. Peet, a physics professor at the University of Toronto, goes by Kiwi Nerd."

The team, figuring they were on to a good thing — it wouldn't surprise me at all to learn they thought actress Amanda Peet had obtained a physics doctorate in her spare time (FunFact: she graduated from Columbia University with a major in history, so it's not as if she doesn't have the intellectual firepower) — decided to abandon their usual and customary activities and drill down on this instead.

They learned that professor Peet received her bachelor's degree (from the University of Canterbury in Aotearoa, New Zealand) in 1990, which would make her about 42 years old today.

In contrast, the other Amanda Peet, born on January 11, 1972, is currently 38.

I wonder if the two have ever met?

Perhaps this post will lead to a meet-up in the future, you never know.

I like the professor's motto (below),


as illustrated on this link on her home page.


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Now THAT'S funny!

Posted by: bookofjoe | Dec 28, 2010 5:54:30 PM

When you did your piece on the ultra high security password generator from Gibson Research -you were benefitting from my fondness for Security Now! - the Laporte & Gibson podcast. I've never missed a show. I've even cited the transcript in bar journal and law review articles.

Leo's done quite a bit to appeal to as broad an audience as he can - where you are covering two broads......

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Dec 28, 2010 5:50:57 PM

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