The gregariousness of bosons November 4, 2006Posted by dorigo in Blogroll, physics, science.
Chad Orzel has a very nice post about the physics (I was tempted to say “behavior”) of bosons, particles with integer spin that display the very distinctive property of preferring to occupy the same physical state: gregariousness, according to Chad. His post is -as always- well written and very nice, and it deserves a visit, see http://www.scienceblogs.com/principles/ .
One could find other parallels between particle physics and social sciences. But it is only through the study of the underlying exquisite theory – the quantum mechanics of identical particles – that one really appreciates the subtleties, and understands things such as the laser or superconductivity (boson phenomenology) or the stability of the atom (a fermion specialty).