Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Physics Professor's Bizarre Behavior

Hey, I am all for engaging students attention in a physics class, but I think this went too far and was extremely bizarre. A professor at Columbia University pulled off a very strange stunt in front of his students, and apparently did not give any rational explanation on why.

First-years in Frontiers of Science were supposed to hear a lecture on quantum mechanics from renowned physics professor Emlyn Hughes on Monday morning. But what they witnessed first was a bizarre performance from Hughes that left many of them baffled and confused.
As students filed into the lecture hall, all of the lights were off, except for two spotlights on stage where Hughes was sitting. With Lil Wayne's “Drop It Like It’s Hot” playing in the background, Hughes stripped down to his underwear, then proceeded to change into a black T-shirt and pants. Afterwards, he sat down on the chair, hugging his knees in a fetal position.
Then, as a jumbled video that included footage of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers on 9/11 continued to play on the screen, two figures dressed in black came on stage with long swords. One of them proceeded to chop a stuffed animal in half on a stool.

Ok, that is downright creepy. But then again, if anyone tells you physicists are boring and uninteresting ........

Zz.

1 comment:

neilcomins said...

Baffling performance, but it sure takes the "boring" describer out of the picture. I chuckled at this post - as a professor of Astrophysics, I can definitely relate to getting creative with the hope of maintain my student's attention. Thanks for sharing. -- Neil F. Comins (neilcomins.wordpress.com)