Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Stereotypes, caricatures and putdowns

Why do you physicists need so much money for all that equipment? Why can’t you be like the mathematicians who only need money for pens, paper, and a waste paper basket? The philosophers are even better – they only need the pens and paper.

From this comment by 'a physicist' (that's how the commenter identified himself/herself) on this post by Kieran Healy about the correlation between "the size of a University’s endowment and the reputation of its philosophy department". The correlation is surprisingly good, but only for private universities.