Years ago, when I was just starting out, I was sitting in a training room with a few other people working towards being Air Traffic Controllers. A few of us were talking about the hardest class we had in college. Depending on the person, it could have been Differential Equations, Fluid Dynamics, Economics or even English Composition. A little way into it, a fellow ATC trainee came over and joined in.
“You guys are a bunch of wimps,” he said. “I took a few college courses and thought they were easy. In the army, now, we had these week long training courses were we had to make our way through 500 page books. It was very intense.”
“I’m sure it was intense,” I said at the time. “However, it’s different.”
“How so?” he asked.
To tell the truth, I really could put my finger on it. But it did feel wrong equating how to do specific task with senior level quantum mechanics. Continue reading