Forgot to report on this email exchange from last semester:

From one of the staff in the physics office:

Subject: 499 Syllabus
Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2009 14:01:38 -0700
From: Beverly
To: Clifford V. Johnson

I was reading the syllabus you sent over for the 499 class. I am not sure if this is a type-o but in the Extra Books section it reads “/Black *_hoes_* and Time Warps: Einstein’s outrageous Legacy/” should it read
“/Black *_holes_* and Time Warps: Einstein’s outrageous Legacy/”.


My response:

Subject: Re: 499 Syllabus
Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2009 14:35:51 -0700
From: Clifford V. Johnson
To: Beverly


Yes, your suggested correction is accurate. And I hope you did not laugh too loudly over there in the office when you saw that!! (It was not *that* outrageous a legacy!)


Does this mean this was in the printed version I handed out when I gave the class? Oh dear.

Whichever version of the title appeals to you, I do recommend getting it… it is Kip Thorne’s really excellent book on a great deal of interesting physics concerning general relativity, black holes, time travel, worm holes, and where we are in this sort of research. What is real and what is imagined. It’s by far the best source I can think of for this sort of discussion. Very well written.


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4 Responses to Oops!

  1. Lisa Moeller says:

    This is classic … tears in my eyes from laughing!

  2. Supernova says:

    SO AWESOME. I will have to find a way to work that into my freshman astronomy seminar!

  3. George Porter says:

    What is great is that the student probably spent an hour crafting that email trying to figure out how to delicately ask their question

  4. Jataun says:

    Yikes! Someone is keeping it interesting…that’s for sure.

    – Jataun